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|City Council Debates Roof Expense
|The Galesburg City Council had problems with the amount of money the City wanted to spend fixing a roof, Monday night.
The City happens to own a farm house located in the 600 block of Knox Road 1400 North and has been renting the space as of late. Land was purchased by the City in conjunction with a 330 acre business park in 2004.
Because the property is owned by the City, the farm house falls under public works and, according to City Administration, prevailing wage would need to be paid during completion of the project.
After the bidding process, total costs were estimated to be about $35,000 for the roof repairs - something Aldermen thought was simply too high.
Sixth Ward Alderman Wayne Allen says the reasons behind the price seem irrelevant.
"I just think that we're paying a fabulous price and I don't care if it is 3-thousand square feet and if it has valleys, etc., and if it's prevailing wages, I think 35-thousand for a roof on a farm house is outlandish so I will be voting against it," says Allen.
City Administration recommended accepting the bid of Lavadiere Construction to repair the roof - which is described as an unlimited roofing license company. According to City documents, the administration thought the costs were "reasonable."
City Manager Todd Thompson said that the bidding process was the second time the project was bid and, for whatever reason, there's no interest from local companies.
"The roof is in such poor condition, portions of it are, you know, part of what we're trying to do is balance getting it done in a timely manner, this is the second time we bid it and there are portions where this roof leaks and the person who lives there has put buckets in their home collecting rainwater," says Thompson.
The City Council agreed to table the measure and open the bidding up to limited roof license companies to lower the project costs.
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