Company apologizes for city hall leaks

MARIETTA – A Canton-based roofing company has apologized for major leaks that developed inside Marietta’s City Hall building during at least two heavy rainstorms that have occurred since Saturday.

City engineer Joe Tucker said Tuesday that representatives from Buxton Roofing, the company that has contracted to replace the city hall roof, have apologized for the leaks and are working with the city to determine the extent of any water damage and have it repaired.

“Buxton representatives met with myself, city project manager Jared Schultheisz, the mayor and safety-service director and went over a remediation plan to determine how to deal with this,” Tucker said. “The first step is to stop any more leaks, and the second is to determine what kinds of problems the leaks may have caused.”

The $216,000 reroofing project began on the flat roof section of city hall two weeks ago. Buxton foreman Art Sines estimated as of Tuesday just under half of the roofing job had been completed.

“We’ll continue to work on the project if no water intrusions are found in the new roofing,” he said. “If there are issues, we’ll repair and replace those areas.”

Sines was working on another project out of this area when the leaks occurred, but was called back to oversee the Marietta job this week. He said the roof was well-sealed when the crew left work Tuesday afternoon.

He said a representative from Fiber Tite, the company that manufactures the roofing material, would be coming to Marietta to check for damage to the new roofing.

Tucker said the city would be taking core samples of the roofing to determine whether stormwater has infiltrated beneath the new roofing material.

“We’ll have to do a more intensive investigation,” he said. “If the new roofing has been compromised it will have to be replaced, and another thing we want to do is make sure there will be no mold developing inside the walls and suspended ceilings.”

Tucker said a mold consultant will look at the building today to try to determine whether mold issues might exist in the wake of the roof leaks.

He said if no issues are found with either water infiltration of the new roofing or potential mold, Buxton is on target to complete the roofing project within the next 15 days.

City safety-service director Jonathan Hupp said operations would continue as usual at city hall, noting that offices on the front side of the building, which are covered by a slate roof, including the mayor’s offices, were not damaged.

“Only the police dispatch office had to be relocated due to the roof leaks,” he said. Dispatch services were back up and running within a couple hours after the leak developed in that area Saturday afternoon.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office forwarded 911 calls from within Marietta to the city police dispatcher during that time, but as of Tuesday evening those calls were expected to be going directly to the city dispatch office once again.

Hupp noted that all cell phone 911 calls within the city have always gone to the county dispatcher first and are relayed to the city. But he said all land line 911 calls from inside the city limits normally go directly to the city dispatcher.