New Roof Approved

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The Selectboard approved funding for a new roof for the library at the October 25th meeting.  The work will cover the non-historic portion of the library, over the children’s book stacks and Community Room.

It’s been a long time coming.  The roof has been leaking for several months, causing damage to ceiling tiles and books.

There were three choices for funding:  Take funds dedicated to the Municipal building CIP fund; Take out a low-interest loan; or deficit-spend against the annual budget allocated to the library.

After reviewing estimates and contract options, the Selectboard agreed to borrow funds and award the contract to Burrell Roofing.  (Of three estimates, two were competitively priced.  The lowest bid didn’t include a full 15-year warranty for material, nor did it include the complete replacement of roof flashing.)

Work should be completed by December 1st.

Annual funding for the library’s CIP fund has fluctuated considerably over time.  Town Manager Jeff Schulz said the annual budget for the library’s CIP fund has been “low” for the last 5 years.

Which leads to the question:  Do Northfield voters want leaky roofs or sustainable budgets?  

As a member of the Selectboard, the Economic Development Committee, and the Budget Committee, my vote goes for sustainable budgets.  If you agree, I’ll need your support when the annual budget process begins.

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Author: Nate Freeman

-- DIrector of Strategic Partnerships Northfield Community Development Network (NCDN) -- Selectboard Member, 3-year term -- Member, Economic Development Committee -- Member, School Improvement Team at the Northfield Middle/High School -- Member, Northfield Teen Center Advisory Committee

2 thoughts on “New Roof Approved”

  1. Hey Nate,

    Thanks for keeping us informed. Leaky roofs or sustainable budgets? Is it not possible to have roofs that don’t leak AND a sustainable budget? Hmmmm…. Roofs get old and leak. New roofs need to be installed from time to time. But budgets must/should always be sustainable.

    Thanks again,

    Bill Allard

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  2. Thanks Nate. I love hearing what is happening at Selectboard Meetings. I do not fully understand the Northfield News articles that cover it, and the minutes are difficult to follow. You summaries are much appreciated!

    And YAY! for the new roof. Thank you all who supported it.

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