Clarenville ad­dress­ing dam­aged wa­ter tank roof

Town filed in­sur­ance claim for panel re­place­ments

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Front page - BY JONATHAN PAR­SONS Jonathan.par­[email protected]­acket.ca Twit­ter: @je­j­par­sons

While many res­i­dents in the re­gion had to deal with prop­erty dam­age af­ter a se­ries of wind storms in Novem­ber, the Town of Clarenville is not with­out its own mess to clean up.

You may have no­ticed, if you look way up at the wa­ter tower off Bare Moun­tain Road, there is dam­age to the curved roof of the wa­ter tank.

At the coun­cil meet­ing on Tues­day, Nov. 20, the Town said they are cur­rently work­ing to get three sec­tions of roof pan­els for the tank re­placed.

The town has al­ready filed an in­sur­ance claim with a de­ductible of $10,000 said Fi­nance, Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Plan­ning com­mit­tee chair­man Coun. Paul Til­ley at the meet­ing. He added that this de­ductible is still less than what it would cost to fix the is­sue them­selves.

Chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer David Har­ris says the quote from the fab­ri­ca­tor for the roof was $20,000.

He also said that the roof is ac­tu­ally now ob­so­lete and no longer pro­duced by the com­pany for new wa­ter tanks. They’ve ob­tained spe­cial per­mis­sion from the man­u­fac­turer to pro­duce three new pan­els as a lim­ited run for this job.

Coun. Bill Bai­ley says there are clauses in in­sur­ance agree­ments to al­low for the whole roof to be re­placed if a dam­aged sec­tion is not avail­able. Har­ris agreed to look into the mat­ter with the ad­jus­tor.

In an in­ter­view with The Packet, Har­ris said the man­u­fac­tur­ing is ex­pected to take three to four weeks and the roof will re­main as is un­til then.

“We had the man­u­fac­turer look at it and there’s no way to se­cure it or cover over with­out caus­ing more dam­age,” said Har­ris.

He says they’re told it should be fine left as is un­til they re­place the pan­els, and they’re mon­i­tor­ing it to en­sure there’s no fur­ther wind dam­age.

FILE PHOTO

Sec­tions of the Clarenville wa­ter tower roof were dam­aged ear­lier in Novem­ber.

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