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March 29, 2014

Contract awarded for dance pavilion roof

NEW CASTLE — New Castle City Council has awarded a contract to replace the roofing at the Cascade Park dance pavilion.

Schafer Construction of New Castle was awarded the pact for a total of $79,853. The price includes $65,050 as the base bid for a shingled roof and $14,803 as an optional bid for a modified bitumen roof.

A bitumen roof is a combination of bituminous material and polyester or fiberglass. That roof is on the bottom of the shingled portion.

The bids, which were the lowest of seven submitted, are just under the $80,000 the city has budgeted in its capital improvement fund for the project.

Council’s vote Thursday was 3-2 with president William Panella, Richard Beshero and Paul Stefano in favor and Tim Fulkerson and Anthony Adamo opposed.

Rather than replacing the roof this year, Fulkerson proposed repairing it to prevent leaks from entering the dance hall. Fulkerson, who previously had a roofing business, said the safety issue is “someone slipping on the floor from the leaks.”

“No rafters” are coming down, he said.

Fulkerson suggested using the $80,000 as leverage to obtain state grants and build up the available funds to about $200,000. The total amount could then be used for a new roof and other needs at the park, he said.

Panella raised the possibility that the city wouldn’t be able to obtain matching funds from the state.

While Fulkerson argued the money could still be earmarked for the roof next year, Mayor Anthony Mastrangelo said the city has other needs that must be addressed in the future.

Greg DelPrincipe of RAR Engineering said it is difficult to estimate what repairs would cost.

“We can repair it, but we’ll be chasing leaks.”

DelPrincipe said the shingled roof, which was completed in 1996, is where “a lot of the leaks are.” He said he hasn’t seen any leaks from the flatter roof because it is newer. It was replaced in 2004.

“I prefer to replace it all in one shot,” he said.

At council’s work session Tuesday, Mastrangelo noted the pavilion generates approximately $25,000 a year from weddings and other events there.

He considers the situation a safety hazard, saying he would not to allow people in the pavilion as it is now.

“If you say no, then it’s a real possibility I’m going to have to cancel reservations people had since last year.”

Adamo said in regard to whether the roof is a safety hazard, “I’m not sure we really got the answer that we’re looking for.”

He agreed with Fulkerson about patching the roof and leveraging the $80,000.

Beshero said if council delays, “I believe we’re just kicking the can down the road.”

He also said the pavilion is similar to the police impound lot in terms of being a revenue generator.

Earlier in the meeting, council unanimously approved the purchase of a West Grant Street property that the city is using to impound vehicles.


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