City buildings need new roofs

DOWNEY - The recent rainstorms from three weeks ago resulted in severe leaks and water damage at a fire station, the police department and library, prompting the city to pay about $66,000 for necessary repairs.City maintenance employees have patched the roofs but more extensive repairs are needed, officials said in a report to the City Council, which approved the unexpected expenditure Tuesday. Fire Station No. 3, located at 9900 Paramount Blvd., is in need of a complete roof replacement. It has been re-roofed at least twice since it was built in the late 1950s. The Downey City Library was re-roofed when the annex was constructed in 1983. The roofs of the police station and its maintenance building are original and were built in 1984. "The roofing on all of these facilities have reached the end of their useful service lives," public works director John Oskoui wrote in a report. "The work at the Library and Police Station will include only repairing problem areas as a temporary solution to prevent further leaking until funding for full roof replacement projects is available." The city contracted with Long Beach Roofing, Inc., the lowest of three qualified bidders.

********** Published: November 11, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 30