Orchard City's new metal storage building is causing some problems for neighbors.
The shiny bright galvanized metal roof reflects sunlight so brilliantly that it is causing discomfort to neighbors who live on Tank Hill directly above the new structure.
The town board heard from two of those neighbors at the June 12 trustees' meeting.
Alan Sheets told the trustees that he had bought his home near the crest of Tank Hill for the unobstructed view it provides to the north. But since the town's new sheet metal roof began reflecting the summer sunlight he has to keep his front room blinds closed during the day to protect from the glare. He asked why the metal roof can't be painted.
Don Greenfield told the trustees that he has "the same complaint." The reflected sunlight creates a nuisance coming in through a kitchen window and into his garage.
Greenfield also noted the glare poses a hazard when northbound traffic cresting 2125 Road on Tank Hill encounters the bright reflection and can be temporarily blinded by it.
Mayor Don Suppes explained that the now shiny galvanized coating on the metal roof will soon fade. The effects of weather and sun on the roof will turn it non-reflective, he said.
"Give it a few months and it will dull up pretty hard," he told the men.blog comments powered by Disqus