Jonesboro City Councilman Randy Segner listens Monday as city Public Works Director Joe Nettleton makes a presentation on the need for a new roof on the Jonesboro Police Department Headquarters building.
JONESBORO An aging, patchwork roof at Jonesboro Police Department Headquarters needs to be replaced. But city officials can’t agree on how to fix it, leaving the two-story building looking like a scene out of Noah’s Ark when heavy rains fall.
Materials used for patches on the roof range from cardboard, to roof shingles, to tar and gravel. None of it was able to prevent two-thirds of the items in one bottom-floor office from getting soaked during a recent heavy rainfall, said Jonesboro Public Works Director Joe Nettleton.
“I’ve had several contractors out here to look at the roof and they have all said the same thing — band aids are not going to stick anymore,” he said.
Several city council members are waffling on the matter as they offer their opinions on how a better roof could be designed for the building.
Jonesboro Mayor Joy Day said the city council chambers at the police headquarters has become a receptacle for rainwater whenever it rains because of the roofing problems.
“We have a mold problem in here now,” said Day. “I just pray if it rains, it’s a light rain. It was flowing in here the night of the [September] neighborhood watch meeting.”
Some council members told Nettleton he should look into getting a roof with an angle on it installed on the police headquarters. It’s a suggestion he said likely would be too expensive.
The council was scheduled to vote on buying a new roof on Monday, but their indecisiveness has forced the issue to be delayed. The council is expected to hold a called meeting sometime this month to address the issue, but a date hasn’t been set.