While some parishioners are aware of the ongoing roof leak issues we have at St. Joe’s, many are not. The magnitude of the capital cost this presents to the parish has us facing some tough decisions. The clay tile roof is at the end of its useful life, and has already been patched and repaired a number of times. Though they’re not visible from the pews, tarps hang between the roof and the ceiling collecting water from the leaks and directing them into five gallon buckets where the water slowly evaporates. All of this is to say we need to address the roof situation soon. Below is some information on what has been done so far to resolve the issue.
- Roofing Technology Associates (RTA), a consulting company, did a full roof evaluation in 2015. They found the roof, which is original clay tile from 1922, is at the end of its useful life, and recommended replacement.
- The cost of clay tile replacement is prohibitive $400,000+, so we petitioned the Port Huron Historic Society to approve replacement with a metal, clay tile look-a-like roof and they gave us permission. We are now looking at a price tag of $200,000+. This is better but still very costly.
- The Parish Buildings and Grounds Committee considered three options; replace the sanctuary roof (which is in the worst shape) and patch the remainder of the roof, or replace the remaining roof as the second stage of the project, or to replace the entire roof at one time.
- The committee recommended that we hire RTA to prepare specifications for replacing entire roof at one time, and to then collect bids for hard numbers on the project to present to our Finance and Parish Councils. If approved here, the expenditure would then have to go to the Archdiocese for approval.
This fall when all the information is in, we will hold a town hall meeting to share details of the proposed project, discuss concerns, and answer questions. Have confidence that we will move forward together, doing what is best for all of Holy Trinity Parish.
-Fr. Salvatore Palazzolo