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With the roof atop the South Adams Senior Center badly in need of repair, Berne Mayor John Minch on Monday evening recommended that architectural specifications be assembled sooner rather than later to get the repair process under way.
Council first discussed the need to initiate roof repairs at the senior center during its July meeting. At that time, Councilman Mark Wynn said the roof at the center currently is "about as bad as a roof can get."
The South Adams Senior Center began in 1994 with the formation of the non-profit South Adams Seniors Inc. to serve senior citizens in the southern half of Adams County. With the assistance of a $455,000 Community Development Block Grant and $200,000 in locally-generated funds, the current senior center site in Berne was constructed. The building is owned by the city of Berne, and the senior center board pays $1 in annual rent.
Major upkeep of the building is the city's responsibility.
Wynn, a contractor, said this summer's prolonged heat wave helped to further deteriorate an already distressed roof at the center. In addition to new sheeting and shingles, Wynn said there are venting deficiencies at the site that must be addressed. He conservatively estimated the repair costs to be $25,000.
Minch on Monday recommended that the building's original architect be contacted as the first step in putting project specifications together.
"You mean the architect who designed it poorly in the first place?" asked Councilman Mike Poulson. "I'd rather have someone else give us the specs."
Minch said he simply wants to get the project started. "The shingles are a mess, and we're stuck with a problem. I just want to move ahead with this," the mayor said.
After further discussion, council agreed to have Shannon Smitley, city building inspector, consult with the building's original architect as the first step in the roof repair project. After that initial consultation, city officials will determine the course of action to be followed in preparing specs for the project.