Friday, October 12, 2012

Hailey approves courthouse project

McKinstry to replace roof on historic building

Express Staff Writer

Micah Austin

Preparations to replace the roof on the historic Blaine County Courthouse took another step forward Tuesday when the Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission approved a design review application for an alteration to the rear entryway and structure of the building. It’s a part of the building that suffers when ice buildup in the upper story impacts the entryway. 

The builder is McKinstry Essention, the same national company that has been building geo-thermal infrastructure into Blaine County schools and is in a court battle over bills. The separate project with the county, headed by project director Tom Phillips, includes plans to restore the roof of the entire building—a project slated for spring. The commission only approved the small section for rehabilitation as a matter of safety in the interim. Some screening is required for trash receptacles and ground-level air conditioning units as part of the fix.

“Blaine County wants a new roof,” Phillips said, adding that his group recommended an analysis of the 135-year-old building, which showed that the roof project will improve the life and structural integrity of the entire building. 


“We have to upgrade trusses and solve some lateral issues,” he said.

The commission felt that the completeness of the McKinstry application for the entryway project warranted moving it forward expediently so that it might be completed before winter. Chair Geoffrey Moore asked to be able to speak further with staff if any issues from an updated staff report arose once he and his fellow commissioners have a chance to review it, but was otherwise ready to approve the project. 


In other P&Z business:

  • Andrea Minnick, a gymnastics coach and owner of Wood River Gymnastics, received approval for a conditional-use permit for a physical fitness facility to be located at the Hailey Business Park at 810 S. Main St. 
  • Community Development Director Micah Austin informed the commission that just a week into the new fiscal year, the city has cleared two new home permits and has two more applications ready to process. 

“One week into October and it’s looking like a good year starting out,” he said. 

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