Originally Posted Online: July 13, 2010, 8:40 pm
Last Updated: July 13, 2010, 8:53 pm

Silvis aldermen approve TIF funds to fix leaky roof

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By Seth Kabala, seth@sethkabala.com

SILVIS - A leaky roof on the public safety building will be paid for with tax increment financing funds, but money to repair the roof of city hall will be borrowed from an infrastructure tax fund, the city council said Monday.

Aldermen approved spending up to $26,255 in TIF funds to repair a leaking flat rubber roof on the public safety building.Contractor Economy Roofing will begin the work immediately.

The flat roof at city hall doesn't qualify for TIF funding, and there's no money for the repairs in the general fund, so the money will be borrowed from the infrastructure tax fund.

City hall, formerly a bank, has a roof patched together with various additions and renovations over the years, resulting in multiple flat roof levels and seams. Some flashing connecting those seams is leaking.

"The water runs down the window in my office," City Clerk Jim Nelson said. "It's cascading."

A brown stain is blossoming on the ceiling just inside the door to city hall.

The city received bids for work on the lower roof — Mr. Nelson's office — but has not received a bid for the southeast roof, above the treasurer's office and file room. A bid also is needed for a new drain to re-direct water from where the leaks have sprung.

City Inspector Tom Lupinski said he will submit numbers at the July 20 council meeting. He estimated the total project to be $48,000.

Ald. Matt Carter, 2nd Ward, voted for the repairs, but said that because of Midwest weather and the nature of flat roofs, they are bound to fail sooner than if the city spent money on a pitched roof. "Somewhere down the line, we're going to have to pay more."

Ald. Caryn Unsicker, 4th Ward, asked if the city should just install pitched roofs.

"You're talking in excess of $100,000" for pitched roofs on city hall and the public safety building, Mayor Bill Fox said.

In other business, the council votedtogive $500 from the tourism fund to the Mexican American Veteran's Association's 25th anniversary celebration -- holiday food baskets, refurbishing uniforms and charitable donations.