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Hidden rot doubles roof cost at plant
Due to unseen rot, the cost to replace the roof at McMinnvilles Water Treatment Plant nearly doubled to $53,974.

Replacing the roof on McMinnville’s Wastewater Treatment Plant on Cope Street has revealed damage that almost doubled the cost, from $27,294 to $53,974.
According to Water Department director Anthony Pelham, roof replacement was bid last year at a cost of $27,294 to Porter Roofing.
“Once they got inside, we had significant rot and there’s no good way to give a full price,” he said. “I had negotiated material and labor and not-to-exceeds. I did issue a purchase order in the amount of $4,860 for lump sum material costs and negotiated the $55 an hour, not to exceed 400 man hour. They did significantly go over the 400 man hour limit.”
The information was presented to the city Water and Sewer Committee.
Pelham asked members to approve the negotiated amounts for emergency material and labor repair.
“They are finished now. I’m requesting from the committee to ratify the change order amount for the $4,860 in material and the $22,000 emergency repair for the roof rot that was below the actual roof membrane itself and unseen. The roof does come with a 15-year warranty.”
Committee members approved the additional $26,860 in material and labor to fix the rot. The item must be sent to the McMinnville Board of Mayor and Alderman for its consideration.