A recent evaluation of the building by an engineer and roofer shows the damage is much worse than the council originally expected.
“It appears that the armory roof is not salvageable, at least not for a reasonable amount of money,” Mayor Randy Stephens told the council at Tuesday’s meeting.
He said the engineer estimated the cost to replace the roof and the materials damaged by the years of leaks and neglect at $250,000.
In addition to the negative opinions expressed by the experts the city called, the city’s insurance carrier, the Alabama Municipal Insurance Corporation, recently inspected all of the city’s buildings. In regards to the armory, the company has sent a letter to the city saying they will drop coverage of the building and the city must vacate it immediately, whether they plan to remove it or repair it.
They have deemed the building unsafe and the city must reply to them with a plan for dealing with it.
Stephens discussed the option of getting a new metal building or possibly buying an old chicken house to house the street department equipment.
The original building at the center of the building is still sound and not currently leaking, but it was built in 1964 and would likely need a new roof soon, according to Stephens.
The sides of the building, which were added after the original construction and the flat roof on that part of the building have caused the problem.
The council will hold a work session on Tuesday, April 1, at 6 p.m. to discuss the options for removing or replacing the armory.
In other business:
•The council approved $440-$600 for minor repairs to the city’s retired garbage truck in order to allow the truck to be sold.
•The street department was able to remove all the old brush that had been stacking up around the city without renting a truck, although Stephens cautioned that was a “bandaid approach” and the council may have to revisit some equipment to help with that in the future.
•The council heard the first reading of an application for T.J.’s in Burnwell to sell alcohol for off-premise consumption and for Horse Creek Bistro to sell beer and wine for on-premise consumption.
•The council approved a bid from G&L Roofing out of Empire to reroof the city hall, civic center and all buildings in the city’s park.
These roofs were damaged by previous storms and will be covered by the insurance company.