EVART — Area residents driving past Evart City Hall and the Depot the last couple of weeks have watched the process taking place to fix the historic roof of the building.

Once complete, new shingles will take the place of old, aging shingles and rotten boards damaged by water will be replaced.

Mark Wilson, Evart's Department of Public Works supervisor, said work by contractors Anderson Builders is progressing at an impressive rate.

"They've done excellent work so far and they're doing a great job," he said. "They found the north side of the building had a whole lot more layers of shingles than they anticipated, and that slowed them down a little. We're very happy with the pace they are working."

Wilson said workers also were a little surprised to find nine layers of shingles on the north side of the Depot, causing some additional work.

"What I assume, the last company to own the building, would see that it was getting bad on one side and would only put shingles on that side," he said. "It's kind of weird, but over the years, the north side probably saw a lot more issues with weather."

City officials, Wilson said, expected to find some boards that would need to be replaced during the project.

"It's not over the top and just a little more than what we expected," he said. "We had a little contingency built in for the boards that would need replacing and we're probably going to be getting into that. We won't know what that will be until the project is completed."

Wilson said Anderson Builders planned to have the work complete late last week or earlier this week.

"Just by looking at it, you can tell they are on target to do that," he said.

Wilson said the project, which is being funded through city's building and maintenance fund, was planned accordingly to accommodate the historical significance of the Depot.

"The State Historical Preservation Office gave us direction on how the building and project should be handled," he said. "SHPO had a stipulation to maintain the historic nature of the Depot."

Wilson said city officials initially thought about putting a steel roof on the Depot.

"SHPO said historically, the roof would have been a shingled roof, and they would rather see us go in that direction," he said. "SHPO doesn't dictate what happens or what is decided. However, if we follow their guidelines when it comes time to apply for grants in the future, they will look more favorably at us if we maintain historical structures in a manner that's historically accurate."