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Date of Issue: June 01, 2006

Mermaids on the roof

Roof USA of Weeki Wachee will be the contractor to install a new roof on the Anna Maria City Hall.

Commissioners voted unanimously May 22 to accept the Roof USA bid of $79,800 to install a flat-base mansard roof with limited guttering.

The bid was the lowest submitted for the three items of work requested by the commission.

The bid, however, is $18,800 more than budgeted for the project and commissioners were expected to transfer the needed funds from the city’s contingency fund at their May 25 meeting.

Mayor SueLynn told commissioners the city can save about $2,000 on the contract if it purchases the materials through a company called TrimCoat, then contracts with Roof USA for the installation. The commission agreed and Tom Wilcox of Baskerville-Donovan Inc., the city’s engineering firm, will oversee purchase of the necessary materials for the roof.

While observing that an all-metal roof might be better in the long run, Wilcox also noted that the minimum price for a metal roof among the five companies that submitted bids was about $40,000 more than a mansard roof.

"Either one will be acceptable," he added. The mansard roof will be built to withstand winds of up to 125 mph.

The commission agreed to take the mansard roof option and at its May 25 meeting transferred the additional money from the contingency fund.