One side of the Helena Museum of Phillips County will soon be covered with a new roof made of material, much like a pool tarp as part of some much needed roof repairs for the facility.
“We were originally going to replace the windows and the gutters first but we noticed a significant amount of damage over the uniform display cases,” reported Otis Howe, former president of the Phillips County Museum Board.
According to PCMB Vice President Father Travis Frank, the architects recommended the roof repairs get first attention.
Howe stated that the board is in the process of collecting money for their capital funds.
“We have a 120-year old building in much need of repairs,” Howe said “and we're still taking donations in order to keep the museum up and running,” Howe added.
According to Mikel Lawerence, supervisor of Swindoll Construction and Roofing, the roof will be covered with a Duro Last a leak-proof material, resistant to chemicals, fire and high winds and virtually maintenance-free.
“The material reflects 80 to 85 percent of sunlight and is virtually seamless,” commented Lawerence.
Window replacements will reportedly coincide with another part of Phase 2 in the near future and will include the instillation of an oversized gutter that will prevent the water from coming in through the back door.
“We're looking at a little over $36,000 to replace the windows and install the gutter,” said Frank.
“We are tickled to death that this roof will be repaired by Wednesday and we just want to thank the community for their continued support and their donations, without your contributions this would not have been possible,” commented Howe.