Leaky medical clinic, library will get roof patch this year

The South Dundas Municipal Center, seen here in a Aug. 5, 2015 file photo. The medical clinic and library area is under the low-level roof on the right side of the building. The roof will be patched this year due to leaks. (Newswatch Group/File)

SOUTH DUNDAS – Facing complaints of leaks at the St. Lawrence Medical Clinic in Morrisburg, the municipality will do a short-term patch of the roof at the facility.

The goal is to possibly replace the entire roof in 2016 – a costly venture – and would require medical and library staff to leave the facility during construction.

The building went through a recent renovation but “apparently no review was undertaken” of the low-sloping roof on the clinic and library area, which is now failing.

An engineering report says complaints started last winter about water coming in through the west wall, particularly around the windows.

The clinic and library are attached to the South Dundas Municipal Center on Ottawa Street.

Councillors debated Tuesday night about what they were going to do, facing three options for repairing the roof in the short term.

The issue is whether the fix would add too much weight to the building (called dead load) and could affect the structural integrity.

Adding to the confusion for councillors was the recommendations from staff came with no dollar figures.

Coun. Bill Ewing thought it would be better to fix it right the first time and replace the entire roof.

There has been $80,000 set aside in this year’s budget for repairs.

But with winter on the doorstep and an assessment needed to look at whether a medium-grade repair would add too much weight, councillors opted for the low-weight, short term fix.

Administration will either go ahead with one of two options – a combination of an epoxy coating plus caulking or caulking and sealing the roof screws near the leaky eaves.

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