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Village of Albion to borrow $550,000 for 3 big roof projects

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 June 2015 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers – The roof at the Village Hall, at the corner of East Bank and Platt streets, will soon be replaced as well as the roofs on the Fire Hall and Department of Public Works buildings.

ALBION – The Village Board decided on Wednesday to borrow $550,000 in a bond to pay for new roofs for the Village Hall, Fire Hall and Department of Public Works.

Doing all of the projects at once should provide some economies of scale and result in lower bids from contractors, said Dale Brooks, DPW superintendent.

The double-layered roofs have been leaking and they at the end of their useful lives, said Jason Foote, an engineer with Clark Patterson Lee, which inspected the roofs and helped prepare cost estimates.

The board voted to seek a bond to pay for the project, which should be done before winter.

The project will include the 3,500 square foot roof on the Village Hall, the 2,200 square foot roof on the Fire Hall, and two roofs at the DPW building – one that is 10,900 square feet over the truck bays and shop, and another that is 3,500 square feet over the offices.

Foote said the new roofs will be more energy efficient. The current roofs are two layers. Those layers will be ripped off for a new roof.

The village will wait for bids from banks on the bond to see the interest rates on the loan.