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Sandwich

Sandwich officials weigh costs for roof repair project at old fire station

The Sandwich City Council is considering hiring a roofing contractor to repair the roof on the old fire station at 311 E. Railroad Street.
The Sandwich City Council is considering hiring a roofing contractor to repair the roof on the old fire station at 311 E. Railroad Street.

The Sandwich City Council has been talking about repairing the roof of the old fire department building at 311 E. Railroad St. for a few years, but so far there has been no action.

That could be changing soon as Sandwich Mayor Rich Robinson explained to the Sandwich City Council during the Nov. 16 Committee of the Whole Council meeting

“We had been talking for the last almost three years about the roof of the old fire department and we’ve kind of been putting off the repairs on it because we didn’t want to spend the money for it,” Robinson said. “I think originally it was estimated at around $80,000 to repair that roof.”

Robinson said a leak is causing damage and also presents a security issue.

“We have issues on the inside because of the leak,” he said. “We can’t have, basically I’m going to refer to it as the fire alarm or the fire systems, won’t set properly because of the leak so we need to address that sooner than later.”

Olsson Roofing recently inquired about making the repairs for the city-owned building.

“Olsson Roofing had reached out to (Sandwich Superintendent of Streets) Sean (Horan), I believe it was two weeks ago asking if we were still going to try to get it done this year,” Robinson said. “They had made mention that they thought they could actually come down on their bid.”

Robinson did not have any numbers available to share with the council during the meeting, but said he wanted to bring it up for discussion and that if he gets numbers this week he’ll send them out and possibly put it on next Monday’s agenda.

“One of the things I need to point out though is obviously if it’s $80,000 it would be more than what’s the amount that we should be going out for bid,” he said. “So as a council we would have to wave the bid to have to do that next week and I’m just pointing out if I do get you information this week and if it is something we want to pull the trigger on, we would have to waive the bids for that, but just for information.”

Alderman Fred Kreinbrink said he would reach out to Dick Crowther of RB Crowther in Morris for an additional bid on the project to avoid such a scenario.

“My only concern is not going out for bid,” Kreinbrink said. “I mean, it’s been this long then all of a sudden we want to jump on it? The roofs aren’t cheap; I’ll give you that. I just did one at the food pantry and it was over $100,000 so I know that they’re pricey but the prices are widespread so getting a couple different quotes is always good.”

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