Re­pairs be­gin on his­toric Elk­ton Cham­ber build­ing

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By BRI­ANNA SHEA

ELK­TON

bshea@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY BRI­ANNA SHEA

John E. Steele Jr. Inc. em­ploy­ees work on the Elk­ton Cham­ber and Al­liance roof on Tues­day.

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