Firebombing at court cost $830,000

November 6
MANSFIELD — Damages from the firebombing incident almost a year ago at Mansfield Municipal Court resulted in more than $830,000 in costs.

City Engineer James DeSanto, who tracked spending on the project, said nearly all of the bills will be paid through the city’s liability insurance policy.

The sole exception is the $1,000 deductible on the city’s policy, he said.

Law Director David Remy could not be reached for comment Friday on whether the city or insurance company plan to pursue recovering damages from the man charged in this year on federal charges of arson at a building of interstate commerce, using a destructive device.

Dye is accused of throwing four firebombs into the office of the bailiff for former Municipal Judge Jeff Payton in the early morning hours of Dec. 14.

No one was injured, and fire damage was minimal.

But municipal courtrooms, court offices and some police department offices were severely damaged by water from the sprinkler system. City personnel had trouble immediately getting the sprinkler system turned off, Interim Service-Safety Director Phil Messer said.

The largest single payment was made to J&B Acoustical, for $626,600 in repairs to the municipal building.

Costs to rent space at the Holiday Inn — where court hearings took place from late March to early June while lower floors of the municipal building were refurbished — amounted to $40,500.

Dell billed $44,874 to replace damaged computers.

The city paid ServPro $24,200 for water mitigation; Dearman Moving and Storage $14,375 to move court equipment to the hotel; W.H. Oswalt Co. $13,850 for furniture replacement and rental costs; the Seckel Group $12,900 for architectural services; and Thyssen Krupp Elevator $8,880 for elevator repairs and testing.

Schmidt Security was paid $12,235 for court surveillance and alarm monitoring at the hotel, and the Mansfield Police Department was reimbursed $4,545 to provide court security at the Holiday Inn.

Dye’s trial, which had been scheduled to start Oct. 25, has been delayed to give his new defense attorney more time to prepare.

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