NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The plans to repair City Hall’s porous roof have sprung a leak.

The repairs will be pushed back to next year because the contractor hired by the city has been let go, City Administrator Daniel A. Torrisi said.

Torrisi said the city had hired SMAC last year to fix the roof on the building that dates back to 1926.

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 “The prior contractor who was supposed to repair the roof in 2018 was let go,” Torrisi said at last week’s council meeting. “That was before my time as an administrator, but apparently he wasn't doing what he was supposed to do.”

Torrisi said that the roof has been a problem “for a while.” Inside the chambers, watermarks are visible on the ceiling.

“We’ll go out for bid in the winter and we'll begin after we pick the new contractor,” Torrisi said. “We'll begin the repair work in the spring.”

A city spokesman said SMAC had been paid almost $67,000.

While addressing the municipal budget in March 2018, Mayor James Cahill said that replacing the roof at City Hall was part of an initiative because the city’s “older buildings need some attention.” According to the statement, he also prioritized replacing the roof at the New Brunswick Free Public Library and opening Buccleuch Mansion after completion of repairs and renovations.

There was some masonry work done to the City Hall roof last week, Torrisi said. That caused some temporary traffic disturbances going in and out of the parking lot behind City Hall.