City to hire engineer to address Dekker Centre roof

The city of North Battleford is moving forward in addressing the issues with the Dekker Centre roof.

The city is looking at doing a roof replacement for two sections of the Dekker Center this year and had already issued a request for qualifications for potential contractors back in March. But before they do select a contractor, the city plans to take on a structural engineer to examine the roof before work is done on it.

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City manager Randy Patrick said they want to bring in an engineer who “can actually make sure we’re doing the right thing on that roof,” said Patrick, so there are no further problems later on.

Patrick indicated that the issue with the roof is that it is flat and needs to have an angle to it.

Council voted in favor of hiring the engineer, with councillor Kent Lindgren saying it was “fairly prudent” of the city to do this work, “considering the history of the CUplex and the challenges that have been faced out there since the beginning of that”.

The cost is “up to” $30,000, with funding through the gas tax. The hope is to have that hire done “fairly quickly,” said Patrick, prior to awarding the contract to a contractor.

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