Library slated for roof repairs

Community News

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2016

Council has agreed that the Petawawa Public Library is in dire need of roof repairs.

The $18,000 to $20,000 pricetag will come from the Library Capital Reserve Fund.

“You can’t risk wet books in a library,” said Councillor James Carmody at the Aug. 8 Council-in-Committee meeting.

Roof and ceiling leaks have been common complaints at the library, and official inspections were conducted in June via infrared thermographic testing, which showed that parts of the roof were no longer adequate. Further inspections using moisture probes and test bores determined that leaking was also causing further structural damage, notably in an area approximately 50 square feet in size.

Though the rest of the flat roof covering the library and the Petawawa Civic Centre doesn’t need to undergo serious work for another few years, this spot is an exception.

“This one area, they recommended that we don’t let this go through the winter because if it does there will be some leaking that goes right through the floor of the library,” said Kelly Williams, the town’s Manager of Parks and Recreation.

Repairs would be made to this spot and its surrounding area with the goal of extending part of the roof by about 10 years. According to Williams, flat roofs last an average of 15 years. He confirmed that the roof will soon be replaced or repaired over the entirety of the Petawawa Civic Centre, and this will most likely occur in 2018 or 2019 depending on budget and urgency.

Mayor Bob Sweet has confirmed routine leaking has been an ongoing issue with this roof since it was first installed decades ago.

“All the skylights leaked, over the kid’s area it has leaked excessively,” he said. “There are pails in there.”