Gloversville Common Council OKs $42K Police Department roof repair

Exterior photo of the Gloversville Police Department building at 3 Frontage Road.

The Gloversville Common Council Tuesday night voted unanimously to approve spending $42,604 from the city’s contingency funds to pay the Garland Company to finish a roof repair and roof modification project for the police department.

According to the resolution, the city is paying for a “Garland R-Mer Span High-Performance standing seam metal roof with a 30-year, no dollar limit, watertight warranty.”

“The funding [to pay for most of the roof repair] was approved by motion at the Oct. 12, 2021 Common Council Meeting to be paid for with 2018, 2020 and 2021 capital project funds,” reads the legislation sponsored by 1st Ward Councilwoman Marcia Weiss. “A balance of $42,604 was remaining, and it was determined that the best course of action would be to use 2021 contingency funds to cover the difference.”

Weiss explained the need for the roof repair.

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“There are areas that are really bad, and areas where the snow falls on things,” she said, describing a process whereby snow and ice accumulates, melts and then slides off the buildings, sometimes onto people. “This has been talked about probably for two years, so we finally decided we needed to do this.”

Second Ward Councilman Arthur Simonds said last year the Garland Company completed the modifications and repairs to the roof in front of the parking-lot entrance to city hall, but the company determined it would need more money to complete the same project for the police department.

“When they got up there I guess they didn’t realize what they had to do,” Simonds said. “They are changing the direction of the flow of the ice and snow, peeling it back away from the doors.”

Simonds said he believes Gloversville city hall’s original roof was seemingly designed for a different climate. He said he encountered a similar problem with a state-contract built roof when he worked at the former Tryon Juvenile Rehabilitation Center in Perth.

“The way that the ice fell off the roof, it was creating a hazard in front of the doorways,” Simonds said. “We’ve had problems with that roof the whole time, both sides.”

Simonds said the problem with the roof had been creating problems for Gloversville police officers.

“Ice was falling off onto where the cars were parked, where the officers were,” he said. “It was falling near the officers, near the cars, near everything. And this was put into the budget two years ago, but we couldn’t find anybody to do it for the amount of money we wanted to spend.”

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By Jason Subik

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