$40k needed for Putney's fire station roof


PUTNEY -- Town residents will be asked to spend up to $40,000 at Town Meeting to replace the fire station roof.

The Putney Fire Station opened in 2006 and by 2009 it had become clear that the shingles were improperly nailed down.

The town threatened to sue Stacey Guyette Roofing of Peterborough, N.H., but a $22,000 settlement was ultimately reached with Westfield Construction's insurance company before any litigation took place.

Westfield Construction was the lead contractor on the $980,000 fire station project.

Town Manager Cynthia Stoddard said the board did what it could to reach an adequate settlement with the Westfield insurance company.

The entire roof needs to be replaced, she said, and at this point the only option is to ask taxpayers to spend up to $40,000 to fix the shingles that Guyette Roofing improperly installed.

The Selectboard wants authorization to take out a five-year bond for money needed to replace the roof.

"The shingles were not nailed properly and we are going to have to tear off the whole roof," Stoddard said.

The town has only received quotes on the work and will put the job out to bid, Stoddard said.

Shingles have been blowing off in high winds and Westfield workers have been back to Putney to nail down the loose shingles.

Travis Slade of River Valley Roofing inspected the work in 2012 and found that the laminated shingles were not nailed down properly.

Slade told the Selectboard after his inspection that he did not find a single shingle that was properly nailed down.

The roof was supposed to last up to 30 years and Slade told the board in 2012 that the roof would need to be replaced as soon as possible.

Stoddard said the roof is not leaking but the town has to address the issue before any structural damage occurs to the building.

"We haven't had any leaks with it," she said. "It was a bad roofing job and now we are at the point where we know we need to replace it before there is any subsequent damage."

Howard Weiss-Tisman can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 279, or hwtisman@reformer.com. Follow Howard on Twitter @HowardReformer.


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