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Council to vote on roof contract

May 14, 2019

HUNTINGTON — Members of Huntington City Council will vote Monday night on a contract to replace the roof of the A.D. Lewis Community Center.

Meanwhile, they will have a first reading of two ordinances that define and regulate how shipping containers are used in the city’s various neighborhood districts.

The last time the 4,800-square-foot roof was replaced on the A.D. Lewis Community Center was in October 1998, said Scott Lemley, the city’s director of development and planning, during an Administration and Finance Committee meeting last month.

The contract to replace the roof was placed out for bid, with the lowest bidder being River Cities Roofing of Ironton for $34,100.

The second-lowest bidder came in at approximately $69,000, prompting Lemley to double-check that River Cities Roofing could replace the roof at their estimated price.

City Council member Carol Polan said the contractor’s quoted price is lower than what she expected.

“I had a residential roof done for half that, and that’s a pretty big roof down there,” Polan said.

Lemley said he checked with River Cities Roofing, and they understand they are replacing the entire roof. He also checked that they are paying prevailing wages to employees and checked with their references. Part of the requirements for the new roof is that it comes with a 15-year warranty, he said.

Also during Monday night’s meeting, City Council members will conduct a first reading of two ordinances from the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission.

The first ordinance adds a definition of shipping containers to the city’s zoning ordinances.

Planning technician Penlyn Crawford said the city sometimes receives calls asking about how shipping containers are defined and regulated within the city.

The second ordinance regulates how those shipping containers are used in the districts.

A shipping container may only be used in the city’s industrial districts for construction storage and only for those businesses with active construction permits. A shipping container may also be used as low-cost housing in the city’s neighborhood districts if it matches the aesthetics of the surrounding buildings and homes, Crawford said. For example, shipping containers facing the street in the neighborhood commercial districts would require a brick exterior.

The ordinances will require a second reading before City Council members may vote on them.

Travis Crum is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. He may be reached by phone at 304-526-2801.