Over the years Rotterdam Deputy Town Supervisor Evan Christou has walked into the town supervisor’s office to find trash cans catching the rain leaking from the skylights and roof.
Roof leaks have been a problem the town has tried to fix in a number of ways, with the best solution boiling down to the town needing a new roof.
“It definitely needs to be replaced,” said Supervisor Steven Tommasone on Friday. “The roof leaks in a few spots.”
On Wednesday the town voted unanimously to hire Albany-based architectural company Barton and Loguidice for up to $49,600 to do an analysis of the roof and building to determine if there are any structural issues and develop construction documents for bids to replace an aging roof that leaks.
As part of the contract the company will also create a design plan to remove columns in the town boardroom and inspect the work along the way.
The removal of columns in the boardroom is for both aesthetic and for functional purposes as the town looks at ways to improve recording meetings, Tommasone said.
Tommasone said town hall is actually three buildings together and the drainage on the roof is not good. Christou said during the meeting he’s “done everything short of bringing an umbrella to the office.”
Christou said that the town could continue patching the roof, but it would just be a waste of money.
Tommasone said there is the possibility the town won’t need to spend up to $18,000 on having people inspect the work along the way. However, that decision depends on whether there are Public Works employees available to do it instead.
“We can’t just stop the roof construction when they’re away,” Tommasone said.
Tommasone also said before other renovations can be done to town hall the roof has to be replaced. The cost of replacing the roof will likely be upwards of $100,000, Tommasone said.