Repairs begin on historic Elkton Chamber building
— A Delaware roofing company began roof repairs on the Elkton Chamber and Alliance building on Tuesday.
John E. Steele Jr. Inc. is working on portions of the roof that face North Street and then will begin work on the back portion of the roof, where shingles fell off earlier in the year, said Mary Jo Jablonski, executive director of the chamber and alliance.
“The slate shingles and fasteners were deteriorating and several slate shingles came loose and fell to the ground next to the building,” said Lewis George, town administrator, in an email. “In order to ensure the integrity of the roof and to mitigate any risk to the public, we decided to replace the roof with a synthetic shingle closely resembling natural slate.”
The work is scheduled to be completed by early next week and is estimated to cost $21,100, which will be funded through the town’s general fund, George said. Jablonksi said George received several quotes on the project’s work before settling on a contractor.
The repairs will stop other shingles from falling off the historic building that once served as town hall.
About six shingles fell, but did not injure people, vehicles or other property, with most falling in the flower bed, George said. He noted the town’s Department of Public Works removed a shingle, which was “perched” on the rain gutter, before it fell.
People may have noticed a portion of the sidewalk in front of the building facing North Street has been closed for quite some time. George said that portion was closed to prevent the public from being hurt by any shingles that may fall. He said it will reopen after the work is completed.
“I’m glad it’s being replaced,” Jablonski said of the repairs to the roof.
The Chamber and Alliance building will remain open during repairs, Jablonksi said.
John E. Steele Jr. Inc. employees work on the Elkton Chamber and Alliance roof on Tuesday.