Town to replace rec center roof

Who will replace the roof on the town recreation center?

Members of the Whitehall Town Board hope to decide the answer to that question by the end of the week after receiving and opening bids on the project on Oct. 7.

“Probably for the last year, this has been a situation that has needed to be taken care of,” said town Councilman David Hollister about the need to replace the roof on the town recreation center.

“We did some work on the roof last fall, but we had some problems over the winter,” said town highway superintendent Louis Pratt. “If we do not get a new roof on their soon, the best way to get the water out will be to open the doors and let it rush out.”

Hollister said that the main objective of the project would be to get a new roof on the building.

“We are going to be using a rubber membrane for the new roof,” said Hollister. “According to everyone that we talked to, that was the best, most cost-effective way that we can go with.”

Hollister also said the rubber membrane roof will also come with a warranty.

“We can get a 20-plus year warranty with the rubber,” said Hollister. “If we went another way, we could not get any warranty at all.”

The board received bids for the work from six contractors at its Oct. 7 meeting, which also included a bid for an addendum for adding plywood to the roof structure in order to make the roof stiffer. Hollister said the board sought bids on the work separately under the direction of its engineer on the project, Ken Martin.

“Ken called up and asked if we could bid it out both ways,” said Hollister. “Then we could decide whether to put the plywood on to make the roof stiffer as part of the bid or not.”

The lowest bid that the town received was from Monahan and Loughlin out of Hudson Falls, which bid $34,000 for the replacement project and $4,000 for the plywood addendum. The bid was more than $36,000 cheaper than the next closest bid, which was a $66,875 project bid from Pinnacle Roofing out of Schenectady, which added a $13,650 bid on the addendum.

Mark Prevost of Queensbury bid $68,710 on the project along with a $6,875 addendum bid. S & L Roofing and Sheet Metal of Voorhesville bid $72,500 with a $9,900 addendum. Doran Roofing of Bomoseen, Vt., bid $76,240 with a $9,300 addendum bid.

The largest bid came from Paul Getty Construction out of Salem, which bid $88,000 for the overall project and $12,000 for the addendum.

Hollister said he hoped the board would be able to make a decision at its Oct. 14 meeting, and that the work would be able to start and finish before the end of the year.

“I’m hoping that we can get this done this fall,” said Hollister.




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