By Polly Keary, Editor
After the end of last week, years of putting pails around City Hall to catch rainwater leaks are over. City workers put the finishing touches on a roof that hadn’t been replaced or significantly repaired in more than 50 years.
The roof, built with an internal gutter system for the original occupants, 1950s-era dealership Collins Chevrolet, had significant rot and mold within, and leaked extensively.
“It’s been leaking since about 10 years after it was built,” said city worker Wally Broughton, who added that he bought his first car at that dealership as a young man.
The project to replace the roof cost about $45,000, and involved replacing rotting beams, one of which was on the verge of collapse.
“One of the beams had failed,” said economic development manager Jeff Sax. “It was ready to collapse and blow the windows out.”
The work was completed by a small crew of about two or three city employees.
The new roof should last for another 50 years, said Jakeh Roberts, operations and maintenance manager of the city.