"It sounds like the insurance company is going to step up and pay for the truss repair, and at least part of the roof repair," Heuett said. "I'm hoping they'll do that whole side facing to the west, which is the worst."
The chronically leaking roof allowed water into the wooden superstructure that supports the roof, and the west end of a major bridge truss partially collapsed because of rot early last month. That led the city of
Theater board of directors President
Prior to learning of the possible insurance payment, Heuett and engineer
And while it also remains uncertain whether the condemnation will be lifted once the roof is stabilized, Renzelman said it will buy the theater time to decide how to move forward with other potential repairs that will make the building usable again.
Once that happens, he estimates it would only take a couple of weeks to repair the truss. The job consists of using a hydraulic jacking system anchored in the basement to raise the broken area, then splicing in new components.
Heuett also said there are areas of rot in some other minor rafters that will be fixed. Parts of the roof surface can then be removed and new underlayment, felt and shingles installed.
And he again questioned the city's concern over its perceived instability of the building. City officials closed the two blocks of
"The building is sound right now," he said. "People could be driving by. The walls are not going to fall down, and the truss is not going to collapse. The truss could sit there for years to come, just the way it is."
"The building is definitely saveable," Heuett said. "It's just how much money does somebody want to put into it."
Mills may be contacted at [email protected] or (208) 848-2266.
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