Fixing roofs top priority in Ballston Spa

The words wet insulation will send a chill down any homeowner's back, but Ballston Spa has more than just a house to deal with, after a survey revealed five municipal buildings require extensive, if not emergency, repairs.

A specialty roof inspection company recently used a scanner with infrared detectors to determine how much moisture has leaked into roofs at Eagle Matt-Lee firehouse, Union Fire Company, the village's police department, the department of public works building, and the village clerk's office.

Trustees heard the report at their regular business meeting Monday night, Feb. 11.

At Union, of the 4,566 square feet of roofing, 20 percent has suffered insulation damage.

At Eagle Matt-Lee, of the 5,172 square feet, 30 percent of insulation is damp.

At the municipal office, of the 1,670 square feet, a full 95 percent of insulation is damaged.

At the DPW, just one percent of 9,690 square feet is damaged.

At the police department, of the 2,486 square feet, 6 percent is damaged.

Trustees had planned to use refunds in sales taxes from Saratoga County to replace the badly aging roofs, but following some political wrangling between Gov. Eliot Spitzer and Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco, R-Schenectady, funding for the village's bicentennial celebrations in 2007 were pulled, leaving board members to scramble to make up the shortfall. Now, they must wrestle with ways to foot the bill to make piecemeal repairs to stop the leaks from wreaking further havoc.

"The real solution was to replace all the roofs," said Mayor John Romano. "All we can do now is, as we begin the budget process for the coming year, try and put some funds aside to start these repairs. It's a tough situation."

In other business Monday night:

In anticipation of coming snow storms, trustees reminded home and business owners they are required to make sidewalks passable for pedestrians.

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