Rain reveals roof leaks at Dearborn Heights City Hall; 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 July 13 city council meeting, officials postponed a new one-stop shop roof offer to the administration and urged city officials to seek competitive bids in line with the city charter, with the council looking to revisit the issue at its July 27 meeting.

On December 10th, when the late Daniel Paletko was still mayor, the 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 found several problems with the contract due to his technical background.

“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 the city staff to seek a price for waterproofing the town hall roof with a silicone coating to extend the life of the roof and minimize the disruption to the 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%, it is more cost-effective than tearing down and replacing the entire roof system.”

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

City Council President Denise Malinowski-Maxwell said a contract of this magnitude would require city staff to obtain competitive bids 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.”

The council has a July 27 meeting on its schedule that it hopes the council can approve a contract for the roofing of the town hall.

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