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Perth council seeking relief from hail storm

Monday, June 09, 2014 - Updated: 10:15 AM

By CAROLINE MURRAY

caroline.murray@recordernews.com

PERTH -- The hail storm that passed through the area last month caused more than $40,000 worth of exterior damage to the Perth Municipal Complex and Senior Center, both located off of Route 107.

At a town meeting Thursday, councilmen reviewed an estimate from a New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal adjuster handed who inspected the building Tuesday.

Councilman Walter Kowalczyk said the roof, siding, gutters and screened windows were wrecked by the storm's baseball- and golf ball-sized hail stones.

"It put holes right through the screens," Kowalczyk said.

Kowalczyk said the insurance company's report was not finalized yet, but the adjuster estimated it was close to $46,000 worth of damages.

Supervisor Gregory Fagan said the estimate states the roof repair will cost roughly $36,750, siding damage on the east side of the building will cost $6,650, and trim will cost $2,485.

Kowalczyk said fixing the gutter is included in the roof repair cost.

The board members were not certain if the repair job would have to go out to bid. Fagan said because the damage was caused naturally, he was not sure if the law mandated the board to do so.

Town attorney Carmel Greco said the job will most likely have to go out to bid because it is more than $20,000 worth of repairs.

"The labor and the amount, puts it into the bid category," Greco said. "I don't think the reason for it makes a difference."

Regardless, Fagan asked Greco to check if the bid process was needed in this instance. Fagan said he hoped it was not because the maintenance should get done as quickly as possible.

"It would be great if we didn't have to," Fagan said.

Kowalczyk said he asked the adjuster to hurry finalizing the report on the senior center's roof first, because he was nervous about the area leaking.

Fagan said NYMIR has been good to the town in the past.

"Besides the fact that they have saved us a ton of money on premiums for close to 20 years," he said.

     

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