Police Salary Fund to Loan $5,800 to Pay Gutter Repair Bill

Rear of Haverhill Police Station. (WHAV News file photograph.)

Update: The item seeking payment for gutter work will be withdrawn tonight, according to David S. Van Dam, chief of staff to Mayor James J. Fiorentini. Van Dam said payment was expected by a subcontractor of solar vendor MassAmerican Energy. When the payment wasn’t made, MassAmerican picked up the cost, he said.

Haverhill police Chief Alan R. DeNaro plans to take nearly $5,700 from the city police salaries budget to pay a contractor who cleaned and repaired gutters as part of the project to repair damage caused by solar panels on the police station roof.

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City Council will act on DeNaro’s request when it meets Tuesday, May 30, in the Theodore A. Pelosi City Council Chambers on the second floor at Haverhill City Hall. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.

The $5,680 bill, from Meadows Construction, was to have been paid by MassAmerican Energy, the company that installed the solar array atop the station’s roof, DeNaro said. The city will take legal action to recoup the money, said the chief.

Mayor James J. Fiorentini, in a memo to the council, said he supports the transfer.

The solar array began producing electricity in April, after MassAmerican was forced to return to deal with snow sliding from the roof onto station entrances and air-conditioner units.

The falling snow also affected gutters affixed just below the roof, crashing into them and leaving deposits of heavy snow. As previously reported by WHAV, the installation also caused leaks in the roof from holes drilled  into the structure but sealed improperly.

4 thoughts on “Police Salary Fund to Loan $5,800 to Pay Gutter Repair Bill

  1. Jack brings up valid points regarding this building.
    Of Mistah mayah supports the transfer, he should pay for it himself as he forced this bamboozled project to completion.

    • Keith, I love reading your comments! Seriously…I really do!! You give an excellent perspective of what it means to work for the corrupt mayor that can’t be seen in many places. Not with all his foot soldiers like you pledging silence, secrecy and votes for his loyalty in exchange for his ignoring their criminal activity.

      You’re calling out Jack for making “factual” comments about the building? Why is that?

      For a guy who should have been arrested for committing a felony by stealing almost $2,000 from city taxpayers while on the City of Haverhill payroll, are you really in a position to be calling anyone out? You have to know that in the real world outside of the corrupt mayor’s administration you would have definitely been fired and gone to jail for your preplanned conspiracy and theft, don’t you? You should be over bowing and kissing the mayor’s shoe tops for letting you keep your job and count the days until your pension kicks in.

      Is your dissin’ Jack your way of paying the mayor back for letting you off with a slap on the wrist?

  2. Seems like it will never end with this building. Year after year the costs keep piling on. Do we know how much more we have spent on the new windows to replace the defective ones ? I heard they are doing it in phases ? Whose nutty idea was that ?