The Woodmere building has a metal roof and due to the storm is currently covered in ice. Although we were able to reach out and grab the flashing, we could not pull it loose and we could not put a ladder out there to make the repair.
Hallmark Construction arrived last night to help assess the situation and this morning acquired the largest boom in the city to try to make the repair. The large boom needed to be situated right at the driveway to the outdoor book drop, adding another measure of inconvenience to our library patrons.
Unfortunately, at the angle required reach across the roof, the boom was not able to be extended quite enough and our gentlemen from Hallmark were not able to reach the clock tower to make the repair.
However, with our assessments last night and this morning, we were able to determine the flashing is riveted securely to the tower and will not be able to come loose completely. Because of this direct assessment I am comfortable opening the building until we can acquire a larger piece of equipment to reach the site and make the repair.
Woodmere reopened at 12:15 this afternoon. We may need to restrict access in the parking lot again next week in order to bring in equipment with a longer reach so our workers can make solid repairs.
And happy holidays to all.
Posted by Metta on Dec 22nd 2012, 1:29pm.