Roofers fired from high­way garage project

The Community Connection - - LOCAL NEWS - By Evan Brandt ebrandt@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @PottstownNews on Twit­ter

The fir­ing of the crew that put the roof on the $1.2 mil­lion town­ship high­way garage now un­der con­struc­tion, and the ne­ces­sity of re­plac­ing their work, will not de­lay the open­ing date for the garage, of­fi­cials say.

In an email to Dig­i­tal First Me­dia, Town­ship Man­ager Peter Hiryak con­firmed that “the roof con­struc­tion over the garage bays has stopped for sev­eral weeks be­cause the trusses are not in the right lo­ca­tion and have to be ad­justed due to in­cor­rect brac­ing.”

He wrote that the roof sub-con­trac­tors — Frame­work Tech­nolo­gies out of Al­len­town — were hired by the project’s gen­eral con­trac­tor, Hol­len­bach Con­struc­tion, and also fired by them.

A new crew has been hired to fin­ish the job.

Bob Dries, the town­ship in­spec­tor and site over­seer, first spot­ted the prob­lem, Hiryak wrote.

“Hol­len­bach Con­struc­tion says the cor­rec­tion will take sev­eral days and the ac­tual roof pan­els will be in­stalled in a week,” Hiryak wrote.

He also said the er­ror will not re­sult in any ad­di­tional cost to the town­ship, “ex­cept lost time.”

That said, Hiryak said the town­ship is “still look­ing at an Oct. 31 com­ple­tion date for the whole project.”

“The roof was com­pleted over the of­fice part of the build­ing and the sprin­klers, elec­tric, plumb­ing and dry­wall is al­most fin­ished,” Hiryak wrote Aug. 31.

The town­ship broke ground on the project on Mu­nic­i­pal Drive in May.

At 12,000 square feet, the new build­ing will be three times big­ger than the old build­ing, a pole barn built in the 1930s.

The new build­ing is ADA Com­pli­ant, adds sleep­ing quar­ters, lunch room, kitchen and shower fa­cil­i­ties and a back-up gen­er­a­tor so the build­ing can also be used as the emer­gency op­er­a­tions cen­ter for the town­ship.

The new fa­cil­ity has been in the plan­ning and de­sign stage for the past two years.

Su­per­vi­sors’ Chair­man An­thony Kuk­lin­ski has said the project, for which a loan was se­cured, will not re­sult in any tax in­crease.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF DOU­GLASS (MONT.) TOWN­SHIP

Of­fi­cials break ground on the new pub­lic works build­ing in May.

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