Knox Council Approves Community Center Roof Replacement

Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center
Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center

The Knox City Council voted Tuesday to hire a Warsaw-based company to repair the roof on the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center. Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston says multiple local contractors have tried unsuccessfully to patch the leaky rubber roof. The building’s ceilings, carpets and electrical system have sustained extensive water damage as a result of the problems.

Royalty Roofing is a certified Duro-Last contractor. Every roofing system is manufactured in a controlled factory environment to rooftop specifications and is not subject to seaming issues which are common on flat surfaces. Knox Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston says they installed the flat roof at the wastewater treatment plant, and it has been problem free.

Houston adds no local contractors use Duro-Last. Councilman Tim Manns questioned the $8,000 cost for the work and maintained the city needs to contact other contractors to discuss the project.

Despite his objections, the council voted to use money from the economic development income tax fund to fix the roof before additional structural damage occurs.

According to the Royalty Roofing website, Duro-Last protects commercial and industrial buildings with our comprehensive 15-year No Dollar Limit (NDL) warranty that is transferable, has no exclusions for ponding water, and provides coverage against consequential damages that result from defects in the Duro-Last material and/or installation workmanship.