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Geneva library board chooses shingle type for roof replacement, repair

GENEVA – Geneva library trustees voted Thursday to use a longer lasting architectural roof shingle to be included in bid requests for its roof repair and replacement.

Most of the library’s roof sections at 127 James St., are in bad shape and need to be addressed, a roof consultant told officials last month.

Library Director Christine Lazaris said the board needed to choose which type of shingle – a three-tab design or architectural – to be included in the bid proposals.

Lazaris said the cost difference between the two has more to do with labor costs than the price of the shingles.

“The difference is really very small and varies with each contractor,” Lazaris said. “The lifespan from architectural shingles is much higher and is becoming ... the standard.”

Library board member Pat Lord said the city’s preservation planner Michael Lambert said the architectural shingles will last longer.

Lazaris said the library will place a newspaper ad next week with a 30-day time period to put in bids for the work, estimated to cost $330,000 for three sections to be replaced and $2,000 for two sections to be repaired.

Bids will be due Sept. 3, with the board expected to choose a contractor by the following meeting, she said. 

At some point, the board will choose the color of the library’s roof shingles, Lazaris said. Samples displayed at the meeting included light brown, dark brown and darker brown, red, taupe, dark and light green and various shades of gray.

The display included computer mock-ups of what the library’s roof would look like with four of the colors – Weathered Wood, Slate, Patriot Red and Hickory.

Though board president Esther Steel said she liked Patriot Red for the roof shingles, other board members did not agree. In her defense, Steel said the city’s preservation planner also picked Patriot Red.

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