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Library/police building will get a new roof

They didn't have much choice, members of the Hudson City Council agreed before voting Monday night to spend $381,704 to replace the roof of the library and police department building.

"I guess we have to look at this as an investment right now. We own the building," said Alderperson Randy Morrissette II during the Finance Committee meeting that preceded the council meeting.

Water from the roof has been leaking into the Hudson Area Library in several places over the past year, causing considerable damage.

The contract awarded to The Garland Co. also will provide for the repair of the interior damage plus federally mandated structural changes to a room in which the police department computer server is housed.

The City Council allocated $100,000 for the roof replacement earlier this year after the library began having problems.

But an extensive on-site inspection revealed that the problem was worse than anticipated.

Alderperson John Hoggatt said he had seen the pictures and didn't need convincing. There were holes in the flat part of the roof and the seams of the sloped metal roof were deteriorating.

"Is that normal wear on that type of roof?" Hoggatt asked. "It all seems to be breaking down at once."

The single-ply membrane roof, covered with rock, is believed to have been installed when the building was constructed in 1991.

"I think it was a combination of improper design and installation," Troy Thompson of The Garland Co. had told the Finance Committee earlier regarding the reason for the roof failure.

Thompson and colleague Brian Skoog presented the company's proposals for the roof replacement.

The first option was for a five-ply roof and 30-year guarantee, at the price of $381,704. The price also includes replacement of the metal roof and the interior repairs.

The second option would have provided a two-ply roof and a 20-year guarantee, at a cost of $352,957.

Both the Finance Committee and the full council agreed that the five-ply roof and 30-year guarantee was the best option.

Mayor Alan Burchill chairs the Finance Committee. The other members are Council President Rich Vanselow and alderpersons Morrissette and Lori Bernard. Bernard and Alderperson Mary Yacoub were absent from Monday night's meetings.

The city doesn't have to advertise the project for bids because The Garland Co. has gone through the process required to be named a U.S. Communities vendor.

Skoog said company would hire area contractors to do the installation and repair work.

City Finance Officer Neil Soltis presented the options for funding the project. He said the council could use up to $84,000 in library impact fee revenue for it, based on a formula that takes into account population growth and the amount of space in the city building that the library occupies.

There currently is $67,000 in the library impact fund. Soltis said future revenue could be used to repay the city's general fund.

The rest of the project funding will come from capital projects bonding.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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