BY KEVIN BONESKE
A roofing contractor out of Manitowoc received the backing Tuesday of the Rhinelander Finance, Wage and Salary Committee as the low bidder out of five companies to do roofing work at the city’s fire station.
The bid of $92,838 from Crafts Inc. came in about $1,800 less than the next lowest bid for a roofing project involving the old portion of the fire station where the lower bay doors are located.
“We have currently six different places in the roof that are leaking that we put buckets out every time it rains,” said Rhinelander fire chief Terry Williams, who also noted the leaking doesn’t involve the new addition that wouldn’t be part of the roof work.
Williams said the city would get a 20-year guarantee on the roof work. He also noted that in his 25 years with the city, the only roof work done for the fire station’s old portion has been patching.
“You can expect this (roof work) to last 25 years,” he said. “The other advantage to this is that we’re actually getting insulation on that roof now. We have none. We currently have no insulation.”
Williams said the roof work would also involve an average of 8 inches of high-density Styrofoam insulation.
“When I say average, they have to pitch the insulation to the roof drain, so some places might be 5 inches and then toward the edges of the roof it might be 15 inches – the same thing that was done at the (police department),” he said.
Williams said the project would be funded through borrowing the city is doing this year. Awarding the roof work bid is pending final approval by the full City Council, which meets next Monday.