Town replaces an old roof at Great Hollow Lake

L.A. Barnaby & Sons, a Stratford company, works on the roof of the building at Great Hollow Lake.

MONROE, CT — Yellow caution tape cordoned off the brick building at Great Hollow Lake Wednesday morning, as a crew from L.A. Barnaby & Sons replaced the old roof and the rotting wood underneath.

Leon Barnaby, who owns the roofing, siding, doors and windows company with his son Brian, said they will come back to install six-inch commercial gutters and downspouts.

He pointed to new pieces of wood under the patio roof that will repair leaks.

“This is the original roof for the building,” Barnaby said. “It’s a single layer three tab roof. We upgraded all the underlayments, which includes the ice and water shield, synthetic felt, new metal edgings and new lifetime roof boots.”

“The Great Hollow Lake building’s roof was nearly 30 years old, and was the original roof when the structure was built in 1995,” First Selectman Ken Kellogg said.

Kellogg said the $25,510 project was included in the approved capital budget. The cost is being fully covered by the Parks & Recreation Department’s programming fund.

“This facility in Wolfe Park is so valuable to our department as we use this space for many programs and camps, and visitors rent it out for celebrations and picnics,” said Missy Orosz, director of Monroe Parks & Recreation.

Leon Barnaby shows the double-laminated architectural shingle his company, L.A. Barnaby & Sons, a Stratford firm, is using on the roof of the Great Hollow Lake building.

“This area is a great treasure for all to sit back and unwind in having a beautiful view of the lake and to get out of the shade on summer days or to take a rest after walking around the lake trail when not in use for prearranged events,” Orosz said.

“This area also houses our seasonal full service bathrooms and changing areas when people take a swim in the lake, play sports at the upper fields and use the playground,” she added. “The upkeep is very important for everyone to be able to use it for a long time.”

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