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Raising the roof at Gregory Park

The warming house in Gregory Park will be a little warmer this winter thanks to improvements following the July 12 severe storm that rolled across the Brainerd lakes area.

Brainerd City Council member Kelly Bevans (right) discusses funding for repairs to the warming house in Gregory Park at Monday's meeting. Also pictured is council President Gary Scheeler (left) and Mayor James Wallin. (Brainerd Dispatch/Spenser Bickett)
Brainerd City Council member Kelly Bevans (right) discusses funding for repairs to the warming house in Gregory Park at Monday's meeting. Also pictured is council President Gary Scheeler (left) and Mayor James Wallin. (Brainerd Dispatch/Spenser Bickett)

The warming house in Gregory Park will be a little warmer this winter thanks to improvements following the July 12 severe storm that rolled across the Brainerd lakes area.

Monday, the Brainerd City Council approved spending between $9,500-10,000 to make some structural repairs to the building's roof, in addition to new shingles.

Parks and Recreation Director Tony Sailer reported the department sought bids for repairs following the storm, and businesses identified previous structural water damage underneath the shingles. The League of Minnesota Cities said it will not insure the water damage.

The businesses providing quotes recommended replacing the current roofing with oriented strand board to meet code and not void the warranty on the replacement shingles. There is also no insulation under the roofing and, with a vaulted ceiling, it creates condensation and heat loss.

The project will involve replacing the roofing with oriented strand board, insulating the ceiling, installing felt and a drip cap to meet code, replacing the soffit and fascia because of previous water damage to the roof and replacing two pieces of gutter over each entrance/exit doors.

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The project will be funded from the Parks and Recreation Departments capital improvement budget, leaving around $14,000 in the fund following the completion of the project.

In a Personnel and Finance Committee meeting prior to the city council meeting, Sailer reported the building's age isn't known, but it's at least 70-80 years old.

"It's a very old building, it's going to stand for a long time," Sailer said. "The roof would help immensely."

Adding insulation to the building which will provide savings on heating costs, Sailer said.

"It's good for a warming house to be insulated," council member Gabe Johnson said.

Sailer said the League of Minnesota Cities won't cover any costs of the larger project, only replacement shingles due to the storm damage. If the city makes no repairs to the building following the storm and if a future storm causes damage, those costs wouldn't be covered, Finance Director Connie Hillman said.

In other business, the council Monday:

Approved a new contractor license for Telcom Construction, Inc., Clearwater.

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Received a report from Fire Chief Tim Holmes on the Brainerd Fire Department's July activity. The department responded to 61 calls during the month, 10 of which were canceled enroute. Twenty-eight of the 61 calls were in the city of Brainerd.

Approved a temporary malt beverage license for 3.2 percent beer for the Brainerd Jaycees for an event Aug. 14-16 at 1700 Mill Ave.

Approved payments to contractors totaling $35,734. A $941 payment was made to Braun Intertec for 28th Street construction, a $23,943 payment was made to Short Elliott Hendrickson for the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport utility extension project and a $10,850 payment was made to Northwoods Landscaping for downtown Brainerd maintenance.

Approved bill payments totaling $487,990.

SPENSER BICKETT may be reached at 218-855-5859 or spenser.bickett@brainerddispatch.com . Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/spenserbickett .

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