City Council awarded a $356,500 contract to A.W. Farrell & Son, Inc. of Garfield Heights for a new roof for City Hall this week.

The city will tap its Capital Improvement Fund to remove the existing “built up roof” and install a new one. A “built up roof” is a layered system composed of alternating layers of different materials. Construction will last for six weeks and is anticipated to begin in August.

This will help stop the leaks City Hall has been experiencing, particularly this past year, according to Safety and Service Director Mary Kay Costello.

“It’s become apparent that we can’t go much longer without a new roof,” Costello said. “Last year they started developing in much higher frequency. We’ve had a leak or two before and we were able to fix them. We were able to go on the roof and apply product to stop the leaking. Now we’re having trouble with it being effective. We’re still seeing water damage, leaks and drips.”

The City Hall roof has remained largely untouched since its construction in 1954. In 2007, a small portion was replaced, but no updates have been done since.

“On flat roofs, there’s just a finite amount of time that it’s viable,” Costello said. “We’re way past that.”

This project is part of other work at City Hall, including the demolition and rebuilding of the police station, installation of an elevator and a new front parking lot.

Contact this reporter at akamczyc@westlifenews.com or 440-871-5797.

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