LIHUE — The roof on the Kauai Veterans Center is the top priority for the Kauai Veterans Council, said Stu Burley, the newly installed commandant.
Burley and other members of the Kauai Veterans Council met with Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. Friday afternoon to accept a mayor’s grant in aid 2018 award of $150,000 to aid in the roof repair.
The roof has never had a full roof repair or replacement since the center was constructed in 1992.
Over the years, leaks have been repaired, but large holes have developed that means the entire roof needs to be repaired or replaced.
Burley said all of the award will be used for roof repair, but the funds are not enough.
“We’re planning another fundraiser to help with the repair,” Burley said. “The estimate is coming in at $300,000, and the grant is for $150,000.”
The photovoltaic panels must be removed and re-installed once the repairs are complete, which adds to the cost. “This is $50,000 of the estimated repair cost,” Burley said.
The scope of the work involves removing the PV panels, cleaning the roof with a solvent to remove all surface contaminants, repairing all the holes, and treating the roof and metal soffits with a protective coating to prevent more corrosion. Then the PV panels need to be reinstalled and rewired, once the corroded hardware is replaced.
“This is our top priority,” Burley said. “It is our only priority.”