|By Jon Vanderlaan, Odessa American, Texas|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
"It's something that I just wanted to have checked out," Brijalba said.
So investigators for the county's current insurance provider, OneBeacon, came out and inspected the roofs at the sheriff's office and the Coliseum, and determined there was hail damage.
However, Brijalba said they also discovered the damage was old and not covered under their current policy.
Brijalba said he then contacted Travelers, who sent out their own investigators and they determined there was a hail storm during their time as the county's insurance provider and that it caused the damage to the roofs of the detention center, the sheriff's office and the Coliseum.
"There was evidence of old hail damage and it may never have been submitted prior to me coming on board (in 2010)," Brijalba said. "If it's a severe hail storm or damage like that, it's my job to go ahead and call to get it checked out."
Brijalba said he's not sure why it wasn't checked out in 2008, as he was not with the county at that time.
The storm was determined to have happened
"It's a great relief for us," Redford said. "This really makes that decision much easier."
Redford said at one point they were deciding whether it would be best to split up the project into multiple phases or do it all at once.
Now, it's mostly a matter of paying the deductibles and hoping the insurance covers the total cost of replacing the roofs, which Redford said would happen in the 2015 fiscal year.
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After the repairs process, Austin said the county can then negotiate to regain the
Regardless, the county will need to pay about
Redford said replacing the Coliseum roof will be a priority as the county attempts to make other improvements on that property, and especially because that roof is the most difficult to replace or repair.
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