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Sunbury seeks bids for new Town Hall roof

Type of metal to be used remains undetermined


Sunbury Village Council members unanimously approved an ordinance Wednesday, May 1, to advertise for bids to install either a copper roof or coated galvanized-steel roof on the historic Town Hall this summer.

Bids were to be advertised Friday, May 3, with the bid opening set for noon May 24.

A copper roof, in addition to other improvements such as copper gutters and downspouts, is estimated to cost $155,000. A galvanized steel roof would run about $115,000.

Village Engineer Wes Hall said before the May 1 council meeting that a copper roof treated with a clear coating is no longer an option. That had been discussed earlier this spring but would be more costly. A clear coating would allow the shiny copper look of the roof to last about three years.

A regular copper roof will begin to tarnish to a dark bronze color after about six months and will develop a greenish patina in about 10 years. Copper roofs have a life expectancy of about 100 years, compared to about 50 for a steel roof.

"I'm excited about this being done," Mayor Tommy Hatfield said during the meeting. "There are not many towns you can drive through that have the Town Square and a building like this ... This is a great investment to be able to do something the whole town benefits from."

The century-old, three-story brick Town Hall dominates the center of Sunbury. Its standing-seam metal roof is deteriorating, leading to leaks and other problems.

Once the bids are opened, Hall plans to bring those packages before council at either its May 29 or June 5 meeting. Work on the roof could begin July 8, Hall said.

"The goal would be to finish by Aug. 22," Hall told council.

If a copper roof is selected, that job could take longer because manufacturing the copper sections is more difficult than doing steel ones, he added.

Money for the project will come from the village's lottery fund, which was established a couple of years ago when Sunbury received more than $1 million in windfall income taxes from a local resident who won a large multistate lottery. That resident chose to remain anonymous after winning the big prize.


Recycling pickup

Also during last week's meeting, council indicated it expects to spend the next few months exploring a mandatory curbside recycling program for the village. Sunbury contracts with Rumpke for trash-hauling and yard-waste pickup and would look to provide recycling through the same company.

The cost is estimated to be about $2.50 to $3 a month per household. Under a contract extension this year with Rumpke, residents will pay $15.19 a month for trash and yard-waste pickup through March 31, 2014.

Before that contract expires, village officials hope to make a decision on a recycling program.

Hatfield said last month that while recycling seems to be a great idea, there are some residents who oppose additions to their monthly trash bill.

No council decision is likely until late this year or early next year.

Council members last week also approved spending $7,745 for a crack sealant to use on streets this summer. The crack sealant will be purchased from D.J.L. Material and Supply Inc. of Akron.

Village officials estimated they will have enough sealant to treat most of the streets in town that need that type of minor repair work. Village workers will complete the job at a significant savings. In the past, the cost of buying the sealant and hiring a contractor to complete the work ran about $15,000.