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Roof repair costs rise for Silver Bay City Hall, decrease for liquor store

The Silver Bay City Council discussed renovations to City Hall during its meeting Monday. (Jamey Malcomb/News-Chronicle)

The Silver Bay City Council has approved an amended engineering contract for additional repairs to its ailing City Hall building and another to replace the roof of the Silver Bay Municipal Liquor store.

The contract to repair the City Hall reflected additional needs that have risen since the original contract was approved. The city's original plan was to replace the roof and insulation. It budgeted approximately $300,000, but before engineers could even get out to the building, the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system began having problems and now needs to be replaced. The engineers from CR-BPS Inc. and Bolton and Menk proposed creating a "menu of items" for the Council to choose from to complete the needed renovations to City Hall, according to Nancy Schultz of CR-BPS.

The original engineering contract for $20,065 was amended to $58,840 to account for the additional costs. Among the changes to the original plan are a possibility to change the City Hall roof from a flat roof to a pitched roof. The pitched roof is more expensive and increases the engineering costs, but it would have a longer life and give the building attic space to house the new HVAC system and provide space for duct work in the building.

The Council planned to obtain a loan to cover the costs of the repairs of City Hall, but with the increased costs, it will have to choose between using a loan finance all the repairs or dipping into its general reserve funds to pay for the additional costs.

The new roof and HVAC system are a necessary cost for the city. The leaks in the roof have shown up in a number of places in the building, including the atrium, mayor's office and even over employees desks, forcing them to cover their desks in garbage bags to protect computers and other electronics. The large windows in the front and rear of the building are allowing warm air to escape in the winter and hot air into the building during the summer, causing up to 15-degree variations in temperatures from room to room.

"It's inevitable — that's what happens over time," Councilor Richard DeRosier said during the Council meeting Monday. "Rather than fix it piecemeal and patch it after every storm and just hope you get it before it ruins a computer system, that's not the way to do it."

The Council also approved on Monday a $20,340 engineering contract for a new roof for the Silver Bay Municipal Liquor Store. The city's 2018 budget included $150,000 to replace the roof of the building, but Schultz said the cost of the work could be as little as $100,000.

The repairs will be paid by the city's liquor store fund; no taxpayer money will be used.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb has been a reporter for the Pine Journal since October 2018. He previously worked as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle from 2015-2018. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. 

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