TURLOCK — City Council members acted swiftly to plug a leak in the Police Department — the roof kind, not the "Starsky and Hutch" kind.
The roof at the Police Department sprung a leak during the recent rains.
Because of the city's public contract code, even emergency repairs such as this had to go before the council, Development Services Director Mike Pitcock said.
In a 22-minute meeting Tuesday night, council members unanimously agreed to pay $1,500 to Vernon Construction, the lowest bidder. With inspection, permitting and other costs, the total could rise to $3,000.
Then the council passed a resolution that will allow City Manager Roy Wasden to authorize such work in the future.
"From time to time, we do have emergencies that do arise," Pitcock said. "(Bringing them to the council for approval) does slow things down a minimum of two weeks."
Councilman Kurt Spycher pointed out that the city's processes end up potentially doubling the roof repair costs.
Wasden doesn't have the authority to spend city money willy-nilly, however.
"The city manager will have to come before you at the next meeting and report to you what the action was," Pitcock told the council. "That will give you the opportunity to affirm it."
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