Short-Term Fixes Proposed for Wilton Buildings

WILTON, Conn. – Some of the renovations at three Wilton schools and the town's senior center moved closer to fruition Wednesday night as the Council of Public Facilities continued to discuss repair plans.

Roofs at Middlebrook Middle School and the Comstock Community Center reportedly leak. The Comstock roof was last repaired eight years ago with a fix that should have lasted only five years, said Steve Pierce, director of Wilton Parks and Recreation.

“We have a lot of problems that we address as they come,” Pierce said. Most of them deal with placing buckets underneath leaks “whenever it’s raining.”

“We get a lot of standing water and puddling on the roof,” he said.

Peter Millar, a roofing expert on the council, expressed concern at the Comstock plans. He asked how long Wilton plans to keep using the senior center. Millar turned back any plan that would last longer than 10 years because the long-term use of the building is unclear.

But with all the proposed improvements, fixing the roof needs to be a priority.

“I want to get it on before next fall,” Pierce said.

Ultimately, the council decided to recommend a 10-year fix for the Comstock roof that could cost $250,000, pending a review of a five-year repair. The council will not decide on the Middlebrook roof until more information is provided.

The council agreed to recommend keeping $100,000 in a bonded project to provide a survey and design for the 30 bathrooms at Middlebrook and Wilton High School. For Miller-Driscoll Elementary, the council recommended continuing short-term maintenance of the building, not upgrades. 

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