The roof was the topic of two items on last night’s agenda at the Manor Township supervisors’ public meeting.
For the past few months, township workers have tried to repair the roof on the municipal building, but it continues to leak.
“The roof has been leaking for six months,” Supervisor Don Palmer said. “We had it repaired at one point, but now it is leaking again. We need to get it fixed before winter time and we have further damage.”
Indeed, water has come down through the ceiling in one of the restrooms, causing damage to the wall that will need to also be repaired once the roof conundrum is over.
Supervisor Bob Southworth blamed shoddy workmanship when the building was erected. He said the original warranty on the roof has expired.
“There is a gap somewhere and we can’t find it,” Southworth admitted. “We had a contractor up there. But we need to find someone who is a roofing contractor who specializes in steel roofs to come here and fix it.”
Palmer said he was concerned that mold would be developing above the ceiling.
“I agree with Bob. We need to get someone who understands this type of roof to find this problem.”
Southworth said he can look up into the ceiling and show where damage is being done.
“There is a seam we cannot find that is leaking in that spot. Someone can come in who knows that type of roof overlay and look at it,” Southworth said.
Alterations to one side of the roof is also being planned when supervisors decide on a contractor for a 12-feet-by-24-feet addition.
Palmer said last night that he was shocked to find out that an addition he thought would cost in the neighborhood of $25,000 was bid by one contractor at nearly $200,000.
Supervisors held a lively discussion on how to proceed with the process. One thought was to have Senate Engineering come in, draw up bid specifications, and bid out the project. However Southworth felt that since several contractors had already taken time to develop a price, others should be given the same opportunity.
Supervisors agreed to develop the bid specifications themselves and to bid out the project among those who already submitted bids and others who want to give a price for the work.
Southworth said that some of the work, such as removal of shrubs, digging a footer, and general landscaping could be done by township workers rather than paying a contractor to have that work done.
The new addition would house an “evidence room” that must meet specific specifications according to new government guidelines.