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Town office roof needs repair

Posted on February 20, 2015 by Vauxhall Advance

By J.W. Schnarr
Vauxhall Advance

The sky is falling on Vauxhall’s town office, but exactly what shape the expected fix is going to take is still up for discussion.
During their regular meeting on Feb. 2, Mayor Margaret Plumtree informed council of recent issues regarding the roof of the town office.

“We are leaking,” she said.

Chief Administrative Officer Cris Burns said the information was coming to council as an update regarding the roof. During one incident last year, garbage bags had to be placed over computers in order to protect them from the leaks.

Burns said the roof had been cleaned in order to stop some of the leaking. He said the surface is in need of repair, however.

Plumtree asked if it might be better for drainage to add a pitched roof to the building. Burns said the roof would still need to be repaired in order to avoid mold issues, but a decision on a pitched roof was something council could explore further.

Administration told council one of the big problems came with the flashing on the roof, which had been poorly installed.

Deputy Mayor Richard Phillips said a pitched roof would seem like a more efficient way to deal with water issues than simply repairing the current flat roof.

“A nice pitched roof that sheds water seems to be less maintenance than a flat roof that traps water,” he said. “It would be interesting to see the cost for a different style of roof on here.”

Following discussion, council resolved to direct administration to look at some options with regards to their roof issue and report back to council at a later date.

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