Town signs settlement for aging shingles at public safety buildingBoard approves $9,800 ramp replacement at wharf
Searsport — Selectmen voted to move ahead with two improvements to town properties, signing onto a settlement covering the cost of replacing prematurely worn shingles at the public safety building and appropriating funds to replace a ramp at the municipal wharf.
Selectmen made those decisions during the regular board meeting Tuesday night, Aug. 6.
Regarding the shingles at the Dan Rich Public Safety Building, Town Manager James Gillway advised selectmen to sign onto a settlement agreement with IKO Roofing Products that would reimburse the town in the amount of $1,739.10. That amount, said Gillway, would cover the cost of 480 bundles of new shingles to replace original shingles on the building that wore out prior to the end of the 15-year warranty.
Gillway said representatives with IKO, Viking Lumber Company and local building contractor Charlie Plourde recently examined the shingles after the town made a complaint about the problem, and, Gillway said, while the old shingles are not leaking they should have lasted at least another five years. The town has replaced a portion of the shingles already, and Gillway said the town also received money from the company to complete that work.
The original warranty was due to expire this year, but that the shingles have showed signs of premature aging for some time, Gillway said.
“We should have pushed the button and complained about this a couple of years ago,” Gillway said.
Once the town signs onto the settlement agreement, Gillway said any terms of the original warranty are no longer applicable.
Selectmen voted unanimously to authorize Gillway to sign the agreement, after which Gillway complimented IKO for the company's willingness to work with the town on the matter.
“It was a good move on the part of IKO to help the town,” he said.
In other news
Selectmen agreed to use $9,800 to purchase a new ramp to replace one that has seen better days at the municipal wharf.
Gillway described the existing ramp as “in very poor condition” and while he stopped short of stating the current setup is dangerous, he recommended the ramp be replaced as soon as possible.
Gillway requested authorization to use $9,800 from the wharf reserve fund, which as of Tuesday carried a balance of $40,309, to cover the cost of the new ramp. Selectmen agreed unanimously to grant Gillway that authorization.
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Tanya has been a general news reporter in Waldo County since 1997.
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