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Clarksville spends $160,900 on roof repairs

SoVaNow.com / February 26, 2020
American Timberland Homes Company of South Hill has been hired to fix the roofs on the Clarksville Police Department and Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce buildings, which are in dire need of repair.

Clarksville Town Council approved the contract during its recent meeting on Feb. 18. The repairs are expected to cost the town $160,900.

Town Manager Jeff Jones said the bids submitted for the project were higher than the budgeted amounts, but the buildings, especially the Chamber building on Second Street, are having major leak issues.

When it rains, staff members place buckets and trash containers on their desks and throughout the building to catch the water that pours from the ceiling.

“Previous attempts to patch have not successfully addressed the issues,” Jones said.

He also explained that the town expects to receive some money from FEMA which will go toward roof repairs for the police department building. FEMA money has been awarded to the town as part of federal hurricane remediation related to 2018 hurricanes.

In addition to roof repairs, Jones said American Timberland Homes will replace the rear ramp to the back door and the handrail systems in the front and rear of the police department as well as moving the HVAC exchange system. The additional work planned for the Chamber building includes the installation of overhanging eaves at the side and front doors.

In other business, Council members received an update from the Town Planning Commission on its recent activities.

The Planning Commission elected new officers during its Jan. 27 organizational meeting. Officers are chairman Robin Tuck, vice chairman Larry Chapman and secretary Todd Jones.

The Planning Commission is currently reviewing options and information related to short-term rentals of property in the town as these types of rentals are occurring more often.

Commission members recommended, and Town Council agreed to allow the owner of a home at 405 Fifth Street to install solar panels to the roof of the existing home on the condition that the number of panels be limited to 11, the panels not stick out more than five feet above the eave line of the roof, the panels be safely and securely attached to the roof, the color of a roof-mounted panels be neutral and non-reflective, and that the panels be installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

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