Government
6:00 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Roof being repaired on state governor’s mansion

It took the state seven months and two big storms, but the roof on the governor's mansion in Springfield is finally being repaired. Rainwater seeped into two bedrooms on the third floor of the historic home in late May.  No furniture or artifacts are permanently damaged, but Dave Blanchette, with the governor's office, says if they'd waited a few more weeks, it could have been an even bigger mess. "If the mansion is not suitable to host rental events or to host tourists, then you're losing a lot of the functionality and a lot of the potential income that you can get from the governor's mansion." Last year, the mansion hosted 144 private events, netting over $85-thousand dollars in profits. Records show the roof had been on the governor's radar since December. The roof is currently being patched – with a $40,000 price tag -- but previous project bids called for an entire roof replacement, costing thousands more.