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Photo by Hank Lohmeyer R. Allen Scheetz and his wife object to glare from the town's storage building roof that dominates the view from their front room window.

Orchard City resident R. Allen Scheetz and the town's trustees took tentative steps toward resolving a conflict during the town board's meeting on Aug. 12.

The trustee/Scheetz discussion was businesslike and at times pointed.

When the town's new supply storage building was completed a year ago, two residents living above the structure on Tank Hill complained about the bright, sun-induced reflective glare from the building's shiny galvanized metal roof.

Scheetz told the town board that his wife, who must spend a lot of time at home, complains about the glare that dominates the view from their front room window during certain times of the day.

"We also see a lot of wildlife through the front window," he added. "A lot of wildlife goes through that area."

Scheetz said that from about 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. the blinds in their front room have to be closed to block the glare. That takes place at least six months out of the year, he added.

Trustees suggested see-though blinds, reflective screens, or tinted film to place on the window that can be viewed through and that would cut the glare.

"Who's going to pay for it?" Scheetz asked.

Trustees also noted that Scheetz has bright white roof coatings on his own home and outbuildings. "That doesn't bother other neighbors," he said.

Trustee Jim Boyd noted, "There is no zoning law (in Orchard City), and so we can't say that the town has done anything wrong. Paint is very expensive and it can hurt the integrity of the roof."

If the roof's galvanized metal coating is removed so that paint will adhere to the metal surface, then at some point if even a small failure in the paint allows water to get underneath, the sheet metal roof will quickly rust through, Boyd explained

"I am not in favor of doing anything (that may) damage the roof," he told Scheetz.

Scheetz also stated that the roof's glare is so bright that it could obstruct visibility and cause a traffic accident at the intersection of 2125 and 2100 Roads atop Tank Hill.

Trustee Beverly Moore told Scheetz, "To paint the roof is costly to the citizens of Orchard City."

Scheetz replied, "What's an accident going to cost.?'

Other trustees noted that direct sunlight enters their own homes at times too and they have to deal with it.

Sheets said that he doesn't want to pay for window shading, but he agreed to get some samples from a glass company and see how they would work. "I'll look into that," he told the trustees.

Mayor Don Suppes, "We will see if we can come to an amicable solution to this."

Photo by Hank Lohmeyer Trustees noted that roofs on the Scheetz property, shown in foreground, are also bright white. Sheetz says his roofs don’t bother neighbors like the town building roof, shown in distance, does.
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