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Masuk Roof Costs More Than a Drop In the Bucket

Supt. of Schools James Agostine says older sections of the Masuk High School roof are 100 percent saturated.

Jack Zamary, director of technology/operations for Monroe Public Schools, and Supt. of Schools James Agostine make a presentation to the Town Council.
Jack Zamary, director of technology/operations for Monroe Public Schools, and Supt. of Schools James Agostine make a presentation to the Town Council.
Steady rain on Tuesday likely soaked older sections of the Masuk High School roof that have already reached the saturation point.

During a Town Council meeting on Monday night, Supt. of Schools James Agostine told the council if a roof replacement project were to be put out to bid, the work would be delayed for at least another two years. Councilman Sean O'Rourke asked him if the roof could last that long.

"It's an active leaking roof right now," Agostine replied. "We have buckets in hallways and classrooms."

A rough estimate of replacing the older roof sections by the 2014-15 school year is $2,668,354. Agostine said it is an early estimate and costs are still being worked out with The Garland Company, the consultant hired by the school district.

Agostine said cranes would have to be used to remove old materials in sections that are 100 percent saturated, adding he hopes the work can get underway by this summer.

Due to the deteriorating condition of the roof, Jack Zamary, director of technology/operations for Monroe Public Schools, said less costly re-roofing and restoration of the older sections are not options.

Agostine said the district looked into State reimbursement and found Monroe could be eligible to receive funds in the high 20's to low 30's percentage-wise. But due to State requirements, like testing for PCBs, Agostine, Board of Finance Chairman Michael Manjos and Steve Botelho, roof asset manager of The Garland Company, said the additional costs to the project would not make the reimbursement worthwhile.

After the meeting, Debra Dutches, a member of the Board of Finance, said reimbursement could be up to 32 percent, while State requirements increase costs by around 40 percent.

Shopping Around

Town Council Vice Chairman Frank Lieto said, "It concerns me a little that all of our eggs are in Garland's basket. You do good work. We just want options to look at. Some options to make a decision we think is best for the town."

Councilman Tony Unger agreed.

Agostine said, "We can get the groundwork done, then you could go out to bid. But I can assure you, you will not see this project done for two years ... You’re talking a two year minimum. I'm perplexed as to which way to move here."

Lieto said he does not want to micromanage the project, and just wants the Council to be educated on what options are being considered.

Zamary said the school district will encourage competitive pricing and quality work. "We hear you loud and clear," he said. "You want pricing around the calculations."

Agostine added, "And we'll have that for you."

Crown Royal January 15, 2014 at 11:33 AM
Has there been any considerations about constructing slight inclines on the roof sections, to flow water off the edges, rather than simply replace the flat roof?
Steve Kirsch January 15, 2014 at 12:11 PM
CR, the roofs actually do have (or should have) a pitch from the edge walls to the drains. There has been a lot of discussion about the roof pitch, including a recent change in state law, during multiple open meetings including at the BOE, TC, and BOF. On some of the roofs, additional drains will be added.
Crown Royal January 15, 2014 at 01:41 PM
Good to know. Thanks Steve. Steve when does BoE meet?
Steve Kirsch January 15, 2014 at 01:45 PM
BOE is 1st & 3rd Monday of the month in the Masuk media center.
MonroeM January 15, 2014 at 08:50 PM
You see, this is what happens. These are the types of things that cost money. While this town continues to reject any growth to the Town of Monroe's tax base , by saying no to new business'. new buildings and the like. We get stuck in a position to figure out what should we do? I guess you can ask all the "farmers" who want to keep this town a "faming community" to ante' up a few extra bucks for the repairs. That is the cost of the town's charm factor Lets see how long it takes to get this project going, Hopefully it won't become another Police station project which too far too many years only increasing the cost. We need vision and hard decisions made in order to stay ahead of things like this. i am guessing this roof has had issues for more years than anyone wants to admit. As Lady Margaret Thatcher once said "the medicine may be tough, but we need to save the patient"
Chief Waldo January 15, 2014 at 11:17 PM
Before I retired, I was fiscally responsible for the maintenance of several municipal buildings in the City that worked for. One thing I quickly learned when I got into that position, was that in any area with regular precipitation, especially with winter swings between rain and snow, flat roofs are a waste of taxpayer's money. Buildings that were designed and built with substantial roof pitches, such as 6 in 12, or more, with a minimal of penetrations, and roof mounted equipment, ALWAYS performed much better than commercial flat roofed buildings. They required less maintenance, and lasted longer. They cost more to build, but its a pay now or pay much more later situation.
Frank Toth January 16, 2014 at 01:19 AM
I feel ANOTHER bonding issue on the horizon!

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