It’ll cost a little more than $4,000 over budgeted amount

    Crookston Fire Chief Tim Froeber has been given the go-ahead by the city council to move on plans to have a new roof put on the fire hall that costs a little more than $4,000 more than what was budgeted for the project, but will result in thicker, more energy efficient roof that will come equipped with a longer warranty.   

    Initial bids for the project were rejected because they were deemed by Froeber and City Administrator Shannon Stassen to be too spendy. After the project description was tweaked a second round of base bids for the work was more favorable. The budget includes $68,000 for the project, and one bid was a couple thousand less than that, and another bid was a couple thousand more.   

    The "R" value of the current roof, which is 27 years old, is 14 to 16, which equates to its lifespan/warranty/energy efficiency. Current code for a new roof is R23. A bid option for two more inches of membrane insulation that would bring the new roof to an R25 to R27 rating would put the project at $4,291 over what was budgeted.   

    Froeber told council members recently that he's confident he could squeeze the savings out of his budget as 2014 progresses. He also said he believes the savings in energy costs at the CFD would more than cover the additional cost within a couple years. He said the same firm that recently installed a new roof at the Crookston Police Department and got good reviews would do the CFD project.   

    "We've been patching it or years," Froeber said. "It's raining in there today."   

    Finance Director Angel Hoeffner said the $68,000 is coming out of the Municipal Land and Buildings Fund. Mayor Dave Genereux said it should be possible to find the money in another account, if necessary, and then replenish the account when the money is available later.   

    "We'll do what we can to make sure it comes out of my budget," Froeber said.   

    Public Works Director Pat Kelly said the Municipal Land and Buildings Fund exists specifically to finance projects like the new roof at the fire hall. "There are substantial dollars in there," he said, suggesting the additional $4,000 and change should simply come from the fund as well.   

    At Large Council Member Wayne Melbye, while suggesting that a little more foresight on projects like the new roof might be needed during the budgeting process so the budget doesn't get "nickeled and dimed to death," also indicated that Froeber shouldn't have to sacrifice necessary investments to come up with $4,000.   

    "We need to be cognizant that they'll be wise with their dollars, but I don't want them to not buy some nozzles or something that they need because they're trying to save $4,000," Melbye said.