The Pryor Times

November 14, 2013

New city hall may have faulty roof

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

PRYOR, OK — Pryor City Council concluded its last meeting in the old building with a discussion on the faulty roof of the new building.

At the Nov. 5 meeting, the council discussed a problem with the roof on the newly built city hall, paid for by a multi-million dollar bond.

“As you know there are issues with the roof. We’ve met out there several times, contractors and architects have met out there, and we’ve found a problem. It’s curling at the end,” said Mayor Jimmy Tramel.

The architect described the problem as the  “deficiency in the edges of the plywood material.”

The problem was noted in about eight spots total on the entire roof.

Architect Steve Powell said there is no sign any moisture is being retained or that the wood is swelling. He said this is a very unusual occurrence.

“We’re left to speculate as to the reasons. There’s a course of action we recommend. Since it’s ongoing we suggest not doing anything, waiting to have it evaluated in six months after letting it acclimate to winter weather. It will still be well within the warranty,” said Powell. “If we see a change in condition, like shingles coming off, we’ll get up there right away. But right now it appears to be just aesthetic.”

The group discussed the possiblity the problem may be due to faulty materials, a mistake in the way the wood was treated.

“I’m not comfortable leaving it. It will be hard to get someone to fix it once it’s paid for, plus we’ll get into a different batch of shingles,” said council member Drew Stott.

Tramel asked City Attorney Kim Ritchie who would be responsible for any damages if the roof should leak. Ritchie said responsibility for damages would fall to the roofer. Ritchie said his recommendation is the council hire an independent inspector to evaluate the roof and then take appropriate action. If the roofer is ultimately found responsible but disagrees, a legal battle will ensue.

Ritchie said it is likely the city would have to front the cost of the inspector, but the town could seek reimbursement should the fault be placed with the roofer.

“If we hire an independent inspector, who will come in and cut into the roof to inspect it, will our roofer then say the warranty is void?” asked Stott.

Chris Ball, project contractor, said he would simply have their roofer do the actual cutting.

“My only concern is that if it truly is a supply issue, why are we finding only six or eight spots like this? Why is it not all over?” Ball said.

A motion was made to allow Ritchie to hire an independent inspector to evaluate the roof and report back to the council at the meeting Nov. 19.

The board approved a payment on the new building in the amount of $167.454.13.

On a more sentimental note, the council and the mayor said farewell to the old building.

Council member Leonard Barnes said he remembers the mayors he served under and the council members he’s served with over the years.

“A lot of time and a lot of memories,” he said.

“It has served us well over the years. Thank you to the citizens of Pryor for allowing us to build this new building,” said Tramel. “We have seen a lot of positive growth in Pryor, and there’s more to come.”