Wildenhain wants review of animal shelter’s deteriorating roof

Wildenhain wants review of animal shelter’s deteriorating roof

The roof on the PAWTUCKET ANIMAL SHELTER is already peeling up a little more than a decade after it was installed. (BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE)

PAWTUCKET – City Councilor Mark Wildenhain says he wants an investigation into why the roof on the city’s animal shelter at Slater Park has deteriorated so badly just 11 years after the shelter was built.

Named the Paul J. Wildenhain Memorial Animal Shelter in honor of Wildenhain’s father, former City Councilor Paul Wildenhain, the shelter has been a source of frustration for local officials almost since it opened.

“It has been brought to my attention that the roof on the dog pound is in horrendous shape,” Wildenhain said at the Aug. 7 council meeting.

Wildenhain is asking that the council’s property committee convene, likely on Sept. 11, to confer with the city’s building maintenance management to learn more about the roof, including the manufacturer of its shingles, contract details, and how long the roof was supposed to be good for, all “to get it corrected without the city having to incur any cost on the taxpayer,” said Wildenhain.

Due to the fact that a lot of the damage is done by the sun, and like a computer the heating system might also be obsolete, Wildenhain said he’d like to call RISE or some other agency to come in and make some recommendations on upgrades in all areas “so we don’t have these types of issues in the future.”

The Breeze reported back in 2011 that the $2.2 million shelter, the city’s newest building at the time, was being described as Pawtucket’s most inefficient public building. The shelter was found to have been pumping warm air out in exchange for cold air. Even worse, the structure was built with a one-loop floor heating coil system heating both the inside floors and exterior kennel floors, the equivalent of trying to run a home baseboard heating system through the outside walls while trying to maintain the same temperature inside.