SOUTHINGTON — A partial replacement of the Southington High School roof has been completed at about $900,000 under budget, Town Council Chairman Christopher J. Palmieri said during a council meeting Tuesday night. Town voters had approved $2.6 million in bond funding for the project in November 2018.
Palmieri said at some point the main section of the building's more than 30-year-old roof would need to be replaced.
Town Manager Mark J. Sciota said the $900,000 remainder of the recently completed project could be rolled into a larger roof project.
Palmieri also suggested the possibility of adding solar panels to the building's roof, in addition to a larger roof replacement.
Built to last 20 years, the roof has outlasted its intended lifespan.
At the time the roof replacement was initially proposed, school district officials noted that the roof had been springing some leaks and cautioned they could become more frequent.
During Tuesday’s meeting, the council also heard a presentation regarding proposed safety improvements, including new traffic signals, signage and crosswalks, in Plantsville, and proposed tax abatements for town residents and property owners who meet certain income levels.