The Washington Parks Department still intends to replace the main park pavilion roof.

Plans to replace the roof have not gone smoothly, said Parks and Recreation Director Darren Dunkle.

The roof is aging and has been targeted for a replacement. The park board originally pushed for a steel roof replacement, but the potential $125,000 price tag was deemed too expensive.

Not wanting a simple asphalt roof, the city identified a new material designed to be both affordable and durable. With city council backing, the parks department sought bids for a new a stone-coated steel roofing system this summer.

When the bidding period closed, Dunkle said the city had received no bids for the project. The lack of a bidder slowed down the project.

Dunkle planned to rebid the rooft sometime in August, but the city’s computer network was hit with a ransomware attack and forced to be taken offline.

The bid specs Dunkle was working on were saved on the network and were inaccessible until early September.

With the network back up and running, he said the plan is to re-bid the work and see if this time a vendor can be found.

The stone-coated steel roofing system is made of 26-gauge Galvalume steel panels that weigh 1.4 pounds per square foot. The roof can withstand 120 mile per hour winds and would have a 2 percent hail warranty.

Dunkle said the roof comes with a manufacturer’s limited lifetime warranty. If the new material works for the city, Dunkle said it could be used by the parks department for other pavilions.

Pool Contract

The parks department also has been working on a contract for the city pool.

At the close of the summer season, the city’s agreement with Midwest Pool Management to manage and operate the Agnes Nolting Aquatics Complex expired. Midwest Pool has managed the pool since 2013.

The original contract was a three-year deal with two more option years. The city exercised both options.

Dunkle said a new contract proposal is out to bid and he’s hopeful the city will have a new deal for the 2018 season soon.

The city council would have to approve any contract. The park board traditionally reviews major parks expenses before passing along a recommendation to the council.

The next park board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 19.

The last contract with Midwest Pool Management cost the city $160,480. Of that amount, $145,480 was for the pool operations and management. The rest, $15,000, was for programs, rentals and special events.

New Fan

Another parks project for next summer also is moving forward.

Dunkle said the parks department is processing a purchase order for a new fan for the Ronsick Field bleachers. Earlier this year the council backed spending up to $10,000 for the fan.

The city has had numerous requests for fans in the seats to help cool off spectators. The goal is to have the fan up and running for the 2018 baseball season.


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