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City commission to consider $725,000 loan to homeless shelter

Something smells really bad here. An engineer's report needs to be made public detailing the roof issues and why replacement is necessary. I have experience with this type of standing seam steel roof as a commercial insurance adjuster. There are no severe weather events since the building was put up to account for roof failure, and otherwise this type of roof should be good for 20-30 years. Typically any leaks or isolated issues can easily be repaired and maintained for < $1000. It also seems impossible to me that roof problems necessitating replacement would not have been addressed during the real estate transaction.

My charitable guess is that since the building was not designed to be a residence, the utilities are eating them alive. Overlaying the metal roof with insulation board and a reflective single-ply membrane would go a long way towards fixing this.

My less charitable guess would be ugly indeed.

I have long been a fan of Mr. Henderson and the mission of the shelter, but this needs much more examination.

October 8, 2013 at 6:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: The Undeserving

Anyone trying to stop Obamacare needs to explain what their healthcare plan is. Regardless of how anyone feels about it, the ACA is a response to a very real problem. The old system is inefficient, ineffective, and financially unsustainable in the long run. If you've got a better plan let's hear it, otherwise quit grandstanding and get to work doing the People's business.

September 24, 2013 at 7:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Shelter support

Seems very unlikely that a metal roof that new(<10 y.o.) would require $100k worth of repairs, and if it does, how was this missed during the real estate transaction. Doesn't pass the smell test.

September 24, 2013 at 7:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )