Sherman is moving forward with plans for repairs to the roofs of the city’s Municipal Building and Kidd-Key Auditorium.


The Sherman City Council recently approved a $173,518 contract with Parsons Commercial Roofing for the roof repair work.


“It’s actually a combination of several different things,” Assistant City Manager Steve Ayers said of the work to be done. “One is some weather damage that took place that we’re going to repair, some is just time-related maintenance that we need to get taken care of and actually a little bit is going to be doing some correcting on some work that was done by a contractor a couple of years ago.”


Ayers said the city never paid anything for the contractor’s work that needs to be repaired, but it made sense to get that taken care of while the rest of the work was being done. The contract with Parsons Commercial Roofing is being done through the TIPS Purchasing Cooperative, which allows the city to advertise for bids for the work and satisfy competitive bidding requirements. Funding for the contract was included in the city’s current Capital Improvement Program.


Following the roof work on Kidd-Key Auditorium, Sherman is planning a $90,000 investment to upgrade the exterior and lobby area of the facility as part of its 2017-2018 fiscal year budget. Ayers previously told the council the planned work will add a wheelchair ramp to the exterior of the auditorium and handicap-accessible restrooms in its lobby.


The proposed ramp for the exterior would be on the north side of the existing steps into Kidd-Key Auditorium and would be more than 65 feet long.


“We just don’t want to do anything to distract from or damage the architecture or the consistency of the structure,” Ayers said previously. “We have had contractors come in and we believe that we can create a ramp out front that is consistent with the architecture that is there — the same brickwork that will match everything. We think it won’t detract from, but actually add a lot to it, so our handicapped (visitors) can come in comfortably and enjoy the facilities.”


Ayers said the work will try to maintain the character and consistency of the building’s historical architecture. The planned $90,000 investment in the auditorium would come from funds from the city’s hotel occupancy tax, which is used to promote tourism in the city. The city’s website states the tax raises more than $460,000 annually for the city.


Ayers said the proposed renovations to Kidd-Key Auditorium are part of the planned total renovation of the Sherman Municipal Building the assistant city manager estimated will be complete in the next few years.


The roof repair contract was approved unanimously, though council members Pam Howeth and Shawn Teamann were absent from the meeting and the at large, Place 1 seat had not yet been filled following Kevin Couch’s resignation from the council.