Archive for Wednesday, September 29, 1999


September 29, 1999


Lawrence city officials are still trying to determine the extent of damage Tuesday to the city commission chambers caused by water that came pouring through a leaky roof.

The leak appeared after two days of heavy rains that hit Lawrence at the same time contractors were busy putting a new roof surface atop city hall.

City hall workers on Tuesday found water leaking through the ceiling tiles and soaking the carpet in the commission room, which is in the southwest corner of the building on the first floor. The leaks were directly behind the mayor's chair at the commission table and directly above a table used by reporters.

The commission room was just reopened this spring after an extensive remodeling project.

Gayle Martin, the city's communications coordinator, said it was not known whether the leak was caused by heavy rains or the work being done on the roof.

Tuesday afternoon, Martin and other city officials were busy rearranging the chambers so that Tuesday night's meeting could be held in its regular venue.

Martin said the roofing project began the week of Aug. 25. RTI Consultants is acting as the project manager and Boone Brothers Roofing of Olathe is the general contractor.

The project involves putting a new roofing surface on the entire city hall building at a cost of $62,709.

She said the project manager was inspecting the damage late Thursday and would issue a report to the city later in the week.

-- Peter Hancock's phone message number is 832-7144. His e-mail address is

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