Bangor council approves $157,680 City Hall roof, backs Emery to lead economic development

Posted Oct. 16, 2013, at 10:23 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor City Council accepted a $157,680 bid to replace City Hall’s leaky roof during a Wednesday night meeting.

The offer from Roof Systems of Maine, which also is replacing the Bangor Public Library roof, was the lowest of the four the city received.

The last time the city replaced the Harlow Street building’s roof was in 1999, when it spent just under $62,000 on a PVC membrane roof that had a 10-year expected life span. Fourteen years later, some of the rainiest summer months on record have revealed leaks that city staff worry will cause structural problems if not fixed soon.

Contractors have said the current roof is beyond repair. The new rubber-membrane roof has an estimated 30-year life span. The roof project likely will be covered through a bond.

Also on Wednesday night, the council confirmed the appointment of Tanya Emery as director of community and economic development for the city.

Councilors congratulated her in turn on her promotion.

Emery has been acting director of the Community and Economic Development Department since former director Rosie Vanadestine resigned in June 2013. She joined the department about 2½ years ago as a business development specialist. She worked in economic development for the City of Brewer for five years prior to that, and at Eastern Maine Development Corp. before that.

Council Chairman Nelson Durgin said Emery has “brought a new spark to the department.”

Councilor Jamie Gallant said the development going on in Bangor during the past few years has been a “breath of fresh air” for the city, adding that he believed Emery would continue to bring in even more.

In other business, the council accepted two bullet-resistant vests for Bangor Police Department’s K9 units from the nonprofit charity Vested Interest In K9 of Massachusetts. One of the department’s dogs, Lex, attended the meeting with his handlers. The department is one of sixteen in New England to receive vests, which are made of the same material as those worn by police officers. Each vest is worth about $950.

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