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Spring showers spring leaks at City Hall

The City of Dickinson is fixing a hole where the rain gets in -- and replacing the whole roof while they're at it. "We had some leakage issues this spring. Looking into it, we realized it was the original roof from 1999 ... those flat roofs, they...

The City of Dickinson is fixing a hole where the rain gets in - and replacing the whole roof while they're at it.

"We had some leakage issues this spring. Looking into it, we realized it was the original roof from 1999 ... those flat roofs, they can last 15 to 20 years, but 15 is a pretty good shift and we were lucky to get 20," Todd Fisher, interim chief facility operator, said. "For the most part, it followed pipes into the mechanical rooms, so we never had much damage in terms of the building. We were lucky there."

Rather than seek out spot fixes, Fisher said the city opted to replace the aging roof entirely, which should give it another 15 to 20 years of life.

"The whole roof needs to be done. The roof is pulling apart from the outside wall of the building, which is common with tar and rubber roofs. Instead of just trying to Band-Aid it, we decided to try and get the funds to fix it and that way we know we were good for another 15 to 20 years."

Fisher said the price for the new roof would be about $72,000 and the bid was awarded to Twin City Roofing. This cost is actually lower than what Fisher expected - he said he'd anticipated a cost of about $100,000.

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"They also awarded the roof at the downtown fire hall ... that's getting redone too; that's got some leaks," Fisher said. "That's also a fairly old roof. Twin City Roofing is doing that one too."

The fire station roof work will clock in about $49,000, Fisher said. In both instances, the need to replace the roof was part of ordinary "wear and tear."

"It's just normal wear and tear in an area like ours, that flat roofs are common to put on. They're cheaper initially and stuff, and they last. For hail and stuff, they don't have the damage that you get on shingled roofs," Fisher said. "It's just that time of year. In hindsight, we could have looked into (this) five years ago but we weren't having any issues so we didn't really worry about it. We were fortunate that we could hold off until last year."

No specific timetable for the roof replacements has been set, but Fisher said the materials were already on order and they'd be getting to work as soon as able.

"I would assume probably within a week, but we haven't been told when they're going to start on this for us," Fisher said. "The materials have been ordered, but we don't have a timeline as far as when they're going to get going on it. I would think as soon as the materials come in we'll get started."

The roof leaks were coming into City Hall through the venting pockets where pipes enter the building. No leaks had found their way to more commonly used portions of the building.

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