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Originally published in The Weekly Packet, January 16, 2014
“Multiple issues” with new roof leaking at Blue Hill Consolidated School

A garbage can catches leaks in a hall at Blue Hill Consolidated school

An insurance claim has been submitted for damage to ceiling tiles, walls and windows sustained from a leaking roof early in January. A garbage can catches leaks in a hallway outside the library.

Photo courtesy of Blue Hill Consolidated School

by Anne Berleant

Water from a leaking library roof filled buckets and tubs in the Blue Hill Consolidated School library during heavy rains in early January.

“That’s the new roof. It shouldn’t be leaking at all,” Building and Grounds Supervisor Franklin Burke said to board members on January 8, reporting “multiple issues” with the leaking roof.

The roof over the library was replaced in November 2011, at a cost of $45,629 by Williams Roofing Company of Brewer.

“Why is it leaking? I have no idea,” Burke said.

A one-day jump in temperature accompanied by rain caused a buildup of ice and snow to melt, which leaked through lights and the skylight. In addition, drains on the the roof above the school kitchen became blocked, causing “steady water to come into the building,” Burke reported.

“Because of our watchfulness, very few [library] materials were damaged,” Principal Della Martin wrote in an email. The building “mostly” sustained damage to ceiling tiles, walls and windows. Superintendent Mark Hurvitt filed an insurance claim to cover the cost of repairs.

However, Williams Roofing Company had not yet responded to calls about the leaking library roof, Burke reported to the board.

“We’ll see what we can do to step it up,” said Chairman John Richardson.

Repairs to the library roof had already been performed last fall to fix leaks around the skylight.

This is the second time the school roofs have caused problems since the library and middle school roofs were replaced in 2011. The middle school roof contract awarded to Northeast Facilities Management in 2011 resulted in a $5,057 lien against the school by Viking Lumber for nonpayment of materials. Northeast had subcontracted the repair job to Darren Stover. BHCS, which had already paid for the materials through its contract, settled with Viking Lumber for $2,500 in December 2012.

A garbage can catches leaks in a hall at Blue Hill Consolidated school

An insurance claim has been submitted for damage to ceiling tiles, walls and windows sustained from a leaking roof early in January. A garbage can catches leaks in a hallway outside the library.

Photo courtesy of Blue Hill Consolidated School
The mezzanine of the Blue Hill Consolidated School during a leak

Tarps, tubs and buckets help protect library materials during roof leaks at Blue Hill Consolidated School earlier this month.

Photo courtesy of Blue Hill Consolidated School