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Responsibility for roof questioned by council

Responsibility for roof questioned by council
Associate Editor
Just who is responsible for replacing a portion of the roof at the former Miles School was the question posed Tuesday night at the Union City city council meeting.
City manager Kathy Dillon said Head Start officials have informed her there are several leaks in the gym roof and because the flooring is wood, it is an “urgent need.”
She said she understands Stambaugh Roofing has looked at the roof and said the business could not repair the leaks, with the roof over the gym needing replacement. She added Head Start officials have requested the city seek bids on the replacement of the roof since the city owns the building and that there “might” be Head Start funds available to help pay for it.
Mayor Terry Hailey said he thought the people who operated the Miles Head Start were responsible for making any repairs. He added if minutes are checked, he thinks what will be found is that Head Start is to pay.
Ms. Dillon said they are asking the city to “solicit bids.”
“We need to at least know what we are looking at,” she said.
Councilman Billy Jack “B.J.” Cranford asked why the city couldn’t just give the building to Head Start and let them do what they want with it.
The council did agree to solicit bids only.
After the meeting was opened in prayer by city attorney Jim Glasgow Jr., the council:
• Granted permission for the demolition of a structure at 613 Glendale St.
• Removed consideration of terms for a service drive with Discovery Park of America from the agenda, as the item is not ready to be discussed.
• Received Report No. CT0253 on the lease for lawn mowers for the turf management department. Ms. Dillon said it is a form which is required by the state and no action is required. The council had already approved the lease.
• Agreed to seek an estimate, not a bid or a quote, on lighting the flag poles at Veterans Park for the purpose of placing an amount in the budget.
• Learned a special fund is set up for paying bills for the construction of the new Carey Counseling Center. There are no city funds being spent, but the city is the facilitator of the grant and bills have to be paid through the city.
• Discussed houses where grass has grown too high. Jimmy Temple with code enforcement said there are many homes in foreclosure and it takes a while once the city gets that list to make the appropriate contacts. He said he sent out over 200 notices about mowing.
Published in The Messenger 5.23.13

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