Rain reveals roof leaks at Dearborn Heights city hall; City officials question delays in repairs – Press and Guide

Heavy rains on June 25th and 26th exposed harmful roof leaks in Dearborn Heights Town Hall, raising the question of why approved roofing work wasn’t happening sooner.

At the city council meeting on July 13th, the panel postponed a new umbrella offer from a single source to the administration and urged city officials to seek competitive offers in line with the city charter, with the city council looking to revisit the issue on the July 27th meeting.

On December 10th, when the late Daniel Paletko was still mayor, the city council awarded the town hall roofing contract to Advanced Roofing.

  • Photo courtesy of Dearborn Heights City Hall Dearborn Heights City Hall shows signs of roof leaks after heavy rains in late June.

  • Sue Suchyta – For MediaNews Group Dearborn Heights Mayor Bill Bazzi

  • Sue Suchyta – For MediaNews Group Dearborn Heights City Council President Denise Malinowski-Maxwell

  • Sue Suchyta – For MediaNews Group Dearborn Heights Mayor Bill Bazzi (left) and Council President Denise Malinowski-Maxwell (right) at a town hall meeting on July 12th at Bedford Elementary School, 4650 Croissant, Dearborn Heights.

  • Photo courtesy of Dearborn Heights City Hall Dearborn Heights City Hall shows signs of roof leaks after heavy rains in late June.

  • Photo courtesy of Dearborn Heights City Hall Dearborn Heights City Hall shows signs of roof leaks after heavy rains in late June.

However, after Bill Bazzi became mayor in February, he reviewed the contract in March and the mayor, who has a technical background, noted several issues with the contract that made him uncomfortable.

“The contract wasn’t specifically designed for this facility, specifying the roofing system the company was going to use, its method of installation, nor specifying any type of warranty period,” said Bazzi. “There have been a lot of questions and I will not question anything that is in question.”

Bazzi directed city staff to find a price to waterproof the town hall roof with a silicone coating to extend the life of the roof and minimize the disruption to city staff that would occur if the roof were removed and replaced in a more conventional manner.

“The process is less intrusive to the day-to-day operation of the building and pedestrians visiting the building, it is much faster to use,” said Bazzi. “Above all, with an average saving of 30 percent, it is more cost-effective than tearing down and replacing the entire roof system.”

Bazzi asked the city council to approve a single source offer of $ 196,250 from Freedom Contracting of Westland at its July 13 session.

City Council President Denise Malinowski-Maxwell said a contract of this magnitude requires city staff to seek competitive offers in order to comply with the city charter.

Realizing that recent heavy rains, which exacerbated roof leaks, severely affected the town treasurer’s office, she made timely repairs a priority. She also noted that mold remediation might be needed.

“As a body we could not award the contract,” said Malinowski-Maxwell. “We have referred it back to the administration so that it can be advertised.”

Dearborn Heights City Council has a July 27th meeting on its schedule that it hopes will allow the council to approve a contract for the roofing of the City Hall.

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