Aug 22, 2011 Jason Emerson Uncategorized
A small but excited crowd turned out Thursday morning, Aug. 18, at Lake View Cemetery for the dedication of the renovated roof on Burrows Chapel.
The roof, which was leaking and causing structural damage due to weather and age, now has a synthetic slate covering expected to last about 100 years.
The project came to fruition through the donations of time, materials and labor from two companies with local ties and local officials intent on seeing the project completed despite an initial lack of contractor bids.
“I’m always touched by the caring and generosity of our citizens,” said Mayor Marty Hubbard in his dedication speech, in which he gave a brief history of the project and recognized numerous individuals and organizations who contributed to renovation.
In early spring of this year, Village Historian Pat Blacker told the village board that the chapel, which was built in 1926, needed repairs in the roof due to its age and the harsh winter weather it has endured through the years. The board earmarked $20,000 for repairs and in June put out a call for contractor bids, which netted no interest.
Blackler then approached local resident Bob Neumann, who is CEO and co-owner of Erie Materials roofing supply company in Syracuse, to ask for his assistance.
“I knew the budget was $20,000 and I knew this was not gonna fly for that price. My son and I like to give back to the community and we thought this was a good way we could help out,” Neumann said.
So he put out the word and called in favors to local contractors he knew to find a company that would do a quality job at the right price.
They found C.J. Marley Construction out of Marcellus who put in a bid within the village’s budget limits.
“I started in Skaneateles with just a P.O. box, working out of my home before I moved to Marcellus in 2007,” said C.J. Marley President Chris Farnett, when explaining his interest in the project. “And we did the job.”
Farnett donated half the labor cost to the project, meaning the village paid only cost price for the work.
Once the contractor was signed on, Neuman and his son Chris, who is president and co-owner Erie materials, donated all the roofing materials for the project through their company. Although Neumann preferred not to specify the dollar amount of the donation, he conceded that it was practically as much as the entire village project budget.
The work began in early August and took two weeks to complete. Marley employees removed the half-century-old asphalt roofing and replaced it with a synthetic rubber roofing material that looks like slate. They also replaced the old roof flashing with new copper flashing. They removed and rehung the chapel gutters, but did not need to replace them since they were only three years old.
The synthetic slate roof has a warranty to last 50 years, but probably will last at least 100 years, Farnett said.
“It looks fantastic; I just can’t say enough,” Hubbard said.
“It looks great,” Bob Neumann agreed. “If anyone can tell that’s not real slate I’ll be surprised.”
After his dedicatory speech, Hubbard presented to Farnett and Bob and Chris Neumann plaques of appreciation for their donations and work on the project.
Jason Emerson is editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican and Eagle Bulletin newspapers.