Delaware News


Town hall roof work could start in July


The historic town hall in Sunbury could have a copper roof with a shine that lasts for two or three years if the village council decides to replace the existing metal standing-seam roof with a copper one treated with a clear coating.

Village Engineer Wes Hall told council members April 3 a clear-coat application can preserve the bright copper look for up to three years at an initial cost of about $2,000. The coating then wears off and the copper tarnishes to a dark bronze shade and later to a greenish patina.

If village leaders go with copper and want to keep the shiny look, recoating the roof every three years or so could cost between $3,500 and $5,000, Hall said.

The council is in the process of deciding whether to replace the aged and leaking metal roof on the century-old, three-story brick building with either a copper roof or a coated galvanized steel roof. Copper can last up to 100 years while the steel roof could last 50 years.

"From a public perspective, do you want to lengthen this new copper look out for a few years?" Hall asked.

Council members will make a decision on the type of roof later this spring after bids are advertised for the job.

A copper roof, with copper gutters and other related work and materials, is estimated to cost about $155,000. The price for a coated steel roof is pegged at about $115,000.

Hall plans to have a bid package ready in the next week or two. He anticipates work on the project could begin in July.

Other matters

In other news, council voted April 3 to approve use of the town square between 4 and 9 p.m. June 29 for events associated with the annual Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial Poker Run and Rally Ride and for a place for vendors to set up shop.

This is the largest fund-raising event of the year for the memorial, which is located in Sunbury.

"Our intentions are to try to make this a more family-friendly event," memorial representative Shawn Delgado told council regarding activities planned for the town square.

The main attraction is a motorcycle caravan that travels throughout the countryside, stopping at businesses, VFWs and other halls and locations.

Registration fees and donations go toward fund-raising for the memorial, which honors servicemen and women from Ohio killed during the War on Terrorism.

"This is obviously a very great event," Mayor Tommy Hatfield said of the Poker Run and Rally."Anything we can do to support it (we will)."

In another matter, the council OK'd paying Duke's Root Control of West Syracuse, N.Y., $8,240 to use a chemical foam to treat about a mile of sanitary sewers for root intrusion.

The work will be done in older neighborhoods in the north section of town. Sunbury has used Duke in the past and the chemical foam has worked well in helping eradicate roots, officials said.

Using this method helps save money on maintenance and repair costs to those sewers.