City Hall needs flooring, roof

Take a step into any entrance of Susanville’s City Hall and you may notice one particular aspect: a slight buckling under your feet. If you take a trek to the upstairs portion of the building, you may notice another dire problem: the ceiling is leaking all over the place.

However, because the city is given loss control grant funding through its participation in the Small Cities Organized Risk Effort, the soft underlying flooring at 66 North Lassen Street will no longer be a problem.

The more than $6,300 (out of a available $16,000) in loss control grant funds will allow the city to fix its floors and any remaining balance will be dedicated to installing security cameras at the facility.

The current flooring project was submitted by city staff and approved by SCORE, whose funds can be used for needs of the city to prevent losses due to liability claims, workers compensation, employee training, etc.

Susanville finance manager Deborah Savage shared at the city council’s Nov. 6 meeting, “We have three entrances at City Hall that, if you pull the rugs up, they’re pretty deteriorated,” and she also mentioned the sub-flooring was pressboard onto plywood.

Savage told the council there were also tiles that were lifting up, citing it as a slip hazard.

Susanville Public Works Director Dan Newton discussed the topic of re-roofing for city hall. Last year there were unsuccessful attempts to repair City Hall’s roof. As the condition of the roof continues to worsen, if the city decided to leave the leaks unattended, they would cause additional interior damage to the building.

Newton told the council the roof had been leaking for quite some time, and that the last winter season was rather rough for the staff.

The city staff sent the repairs out to bid, receiving only one bid from Kirack Construction in the amount of $85,229.

The funding for the project will come from the Administrative Services Facilities and Equipment Reserve Fund and an insurance claim from SCORE.

However, the balance of the ASFERF is only $64,708, so the additional $20,521 will need to come from the general fund until the insurance claim is finalized.