The roofer "is scheduled to begin" putting a standing-seam metal roof on the former Elks Lodge, building owner Carolyn Barr wrote in a status report filed in court.

The materials for the roof have been delivered, city building inspector Mark Johnson said Wednesday. He estimated that the roof could be put on in five days once work begins.

The original plan called for a membrane roof, but a metal roof was approved as an option by the city Historic Board and by the state agency that oversees commercial projects.

"This (metal) roof is a far superior roof in terms of durability and its ability to withstand weather and the elements over time," read the status report, which was dated Oct. 31.

"This is a 24 gauge metal panel that is one piece from ridge to eave and is attached with clips that are screwed into the purlins below," the status report reads. A purlin is a horizontal beam. "The panels attach to the clip and lock together; there are no screws visible on the top of the roof. The edges are hemmed and locked at the eaves and the ridge. This roof is considered the best metal roof system available for commercial applications and is widely used as such."

The status report was filed at the county clerk's office Nov. 2 by attorney John Eckert, who represents the Cornerstone Society. The Cornerstone Society has an ownership interest in the former Elks building, which burned more than six years ago. Lawsuits are pending involving the city, Barr's ReBarr Restoration LLC and the Cornerstone Society.

The trim and some of the flashing will be made off-site, with the rest of the flashing made at the Elks property, the report said. Gutters and downspouts "will be installed and functional within one week of roof completion," the report reads.

"Work will also be done on the metal cornice and windows during this time as long as it does not interfere with the roof work," the report reads. "The roof is the most important structural element and is the priority over any other work."

The report detailed clean-up work, brick work and the discovery of additional fire damage in the parapet wall.

The limestone repairs will be done by sculptor Greg Harris of Tell City, the report said. He will begin the work "immediately after completing" a sculpture of former Gov. Ed Whitcomb that will be placed on the Courthouse lawn in Jennings County. Whitcomb, who now lives in Rome, is a native of Hayden in Jennings County. He was elected governor in 1968 and served one term. Harris' deadline to finish the sculpture is Nov. 19, the report said.