Saunders Museum to get new roof

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

BERRYVILLE -- A new roof for Saunders Museum will soon be in place to stop the leaks that have plagued the city-owned building where a world-class collection of historic guns from the frontier period are displayed.

A&M Roofing of Eureka Springs was awarded the job. It was one of five companies submitting bids that were reviewed by the Berryville City Council last Tuesday.

The bids ranged in price from $13,200 to $56,487 for work that involves replacing the existing pitched metal roof.

According to city leaders, the existing roof was put in place over the building's original flat roof less than 10 years ago using 29 gauge steel, which is intended for residential use.

A&M's bid was chosen because of its detailed bid package that called for removal of the existing roof, installation of extra supports to carry the weight of the trusses, installation of 26 gauge commercial grade steel, and a 45-year warranty on materials and a five-year warranty on labor.

In addition, Public Works Director Kirby Murray had traveled to Eureka Springs to view some of A&M's previous work and to visit one of its current job sites.

A&M, it was noted, specializes in metal roofs.

"Metal roofs is all it does," said Jay Lee, Berryville's administrative assistant.

According to the bid documents, Contractors Universe came in the lowest at $13,200 but its bid called for the thinner 29 gauge residential steel and the bid didn't offer much information as to what it would provide for that price.

A&M was the second lowest with a bid of $18,702. Next was Jones Roofing with a bid of $19,860, followed by Latco Poultry Supply at $37,500 and Harness Roofing at $56,487.

Harness bid a thicker 24 gauge steel product that exceeded requirements.

In other council business, Mayor Tim McKinney publically thanked the voters for passing a temporary half-cent sales tax to fund police, fire and street improvements, and extended a thanks to resident Rick Mann, who fixed a city sidewalk on his own.

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