Rain reveals roof leaks at Dearborn Heights City Hall; officials question delays in repairs – Press and Guide

Heavy rain on June 25 and 26 revealed damaging roof leaks at Dearborn Heights City Hall, raising the question of why approved roofing hasn’t happened sooner.

At the July 13 city council meeting, officials deferred a new one-stop roofing bid to the administration, asking city officials to make competitive bids, in accordance with the city charter, with the council looking to discuss the issue again at its 27 July meeting. July.

On December 10, when the late Daniel Paletko was still mayor, the Municipality of Advanced Roofing awarded a roofing contract for City Hall.

However, after Bill Bazzi became mayor in February, he revised the contract in March and due to his technical background discovered several problems with the contract.

“The contract was not specifically designed for this facility, did not specify the roof system the company intended to use or the installation method, and did not specify any warranty period,” Bazzi said. “There were a lot of questions and I won’t sign anything.”

Bazzi instructed city officials to bid for a price for sealing the city hall roof with a silicone coating to extend the life of the roof and minimize the inconvenience to city employees, which would occur if the roof were covered. a more conventional way would be removed and replaced.

“The procedure is less invasive for the daily activities of the building and pedestrians visiting the building, the application is much faster,” said Bazzi. “Most importantly, it is more cost effective, with an average savings of 30% compared to tearing off and replacing the entire roof system.”

Bazzi asked the city council to approve a $196,250 offer from Freedom Contracting of Westland at its July 13 meeting.

City Council Chair Denise Malinowski-Maxwell said a contract of that magnitude would require city staff to seek competitive bids to comply with the city charter.

She acknowledged that the recent heavy rains, which exacerbated the roof leaks, had a heavy impact on the city treasurer’s office and that timely repairs were a priority. She also noted that mold remediation may be necessary.

“As an agency, we were unable to award the offer,” Malinowski-Maxwell said. “We have referred it back to the administration for an offer.”

The council is scheduled to meet on July 27, at which it said it hopes the council can approve a bid price for the city hall roof.

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