Town seeks bids to replace damaged roof

NORTHVILLE – Northampton town officials decided Wednesday night to seek bids for the construction of a new roof on the town office complex in the middle of March, with a $75,000 spending limit.

With consulting help from engineer John Rizzo of Greenman-Pedersen Engineering and Construction Services, the board decided to solicit bids from March 11 to April 1.

Councilman Bob Ellsworth was concerned about ice damage that has affected the current roof and how a new roof will address the issue.

“When we go through this process with you and [if] we still have ice damage, what’s our course of action?” Ellsworth asked Rizzo.

Rizzo and Town Code Enforcement Officer Matt Ginter had previously discussed the project, and Rizzo suggested a metal and insulated roof panel system with integrated vents that will “promote air flow to keep the roof temperatures cooler, thus reducing the amount of snow melt and ice buildup.” The insulated panel system will also help keep the building cooler during the summer months.

“I think you’re going to see an increase in energy efficiency and a decrease in energy loss,” Rizzo told the board.

Ginter said the ice problem has been affecting the town building for years, even causing damage at times.

“It broke the glass out in that past, so we have to [knock the ice down], so it doesn’t break it,” he said. “Sometimes we have highway crew out there breaking the ice down to keep it open. It’s just a dangerous situation … It’s been an ongoing issue with improper ventilation. This will help alleviate that problem.”

The roof panels will be a laminate made of a bottom layer of plywood, a layer of foam insulation, another layer of plywood, a layer of blocking and a third layer of plywood.

Rizzo said the void space created by the blocking is what will allow the flow of hot air, keeping the roof cool and preventing “snow melt on the roof and ice buildup on the eaves.”

“The project is expected to be around $61,000, which is within the spending limit, and should cover anything that pops up during construction,” he said. “I don’t think anything will.”