$860K tab estimated to fix PTC police dept.

Thu, 08/23/2007 - 3:49pm
By: John Munford

Floor coating, HVAC changes to combat moisture problem

Fixing the moisture problem at the Peachtree City police station will cost an estimated $860,000, it was announced last week.

Part of the cost is due to the need to relocate the department while the flooring is ripped up and a special floor coating is applied, officials said. That coating should keep the moisture vapors from penetrating the floor, City Engineer David Borkowski told the Peachtree City Council Thursday night.

The repair work also involves the installation of a new heating, ventilation and cooling system and a new flooring system.

The repairs will be financed over 15 years at an estimated cost of $75,632 a year based on early returns from bids on the financing package, said City Finance Director Paul Salvatore.

The department will be relocated to the former World Gym location on north Commerce Drive, the same location where the city library was temporarily located when it was renovated and expanded. The city has negotiated a $112,000 nine-month lease for the building which will cover nine months and contains an option to extend the lease if necessary.

The building is currently owned by PTC Properties, which is letting the city prepare the facility ahead of the occupancy for issues such as installing the phone system, Borkowski said.

It will take approximately a month to move the police department in October in large part due to the volume of evidence in storage that must be moved to the temporary location, officials said. The project should be done in the end of May with the police moving back to the department in June.

There will not be a holding cell for prisoners in the rented building, so officers will have to transport prisoners directly to the Fayette County Jail, police said.

The building’s new floor will have a 10-year warranty against de-lamination and will take approximately seven months to finish, Borkowski said.

Borkowski said the problem was not determined to be a high level of groundwater, but rather moisture vapor seeping through the concrete and reacting with chemicals to create a high pH level.

The repair estimate includes a contingency of 15 percent, McMullen said.

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Submitted by hoppette on Tue, 08/28/2007 - 9:44pm.

Huddleston Pond has been an eye sore going on 3 years now. Enough is enough...bring back our park.

Submitted by suebee45 on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 10:26pm.

I don't get it. Didn't it take the library a week to move over there? Why do the police need a month???

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Submitted by Dalton Russell on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 7:55pm.

Someone should ask why they are spending money on a temporary housing facility for the police department when they aren't even sure if it will work. They have spent thousands just to be told that there is a problem with the building and apparently there were problems reported shortly after they moved in. There have been news articles about the mold on the walls, the floors, and books. The police officers live not above a landfill, they might as well be living IN the landfill.

How much money has been spent on the Hwy 54 Golf Cart bridge that hasn't been opened yet?

How much money has been spent on the Golf Cart bridge on the south end that hasn't been opened there either?

How much money has been spent on bathrooms at picnic park?

Is this just a way to spend taxpayer dollars without asking the taxpayers what they really want?

Now they will spend over a million dollars on wishfull thinking and what happens in a few years if this doesn't work? How much will have to be spent on equipment and furniture that has been damaged because of the moisture? Are we even thinking of what the employees that work there have been exposed to over the past six years of this?


Submitted by dollaradayandfound on Fri, 08/24/2007 - 7:46am.

You will only cause trouble for developers and town fools! Stop it now!
It has taken years to cover-up the tennis center robbery and now this!
These leaders don't deserve such treatment.
Even the locations of the police station and the Post office are comical! I feel as if I'm falling off the earth each time I bump across the Post Office lot, and I can't open my car doors! and I don't even know where the police station is located.
I have an idea: City buys Braelinn shopping center, like Fayetteville did, and puts everything there! No, I forgot, Fayetteville is going to move to the new Taj Mahal from their center.
Oh well, it is only money.

Submitted by McDonoughDawg on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 8:10pm.

by my Family. Nice to have them there. There is an article elsewhere on here about the bridge across the tracks by Hwy 54. I think that will be a nice addition too, IF they can get the DOT to realize it's not a road, but a glorified sidewalk.

I see the point about the Police Station, time to fix it, or scrap it for good.

Submitted by 30YearResident on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 6:52pm.

You could build a pretty nice new building for a million bucks. Or just buy the World Gym facility and make it the permanent police station.

What engineering genius approved building the police station on wetlands anyway?

Oh, I forgot... GOVERNMENT !!

Geez !!

Submitted by skyspy on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 7:25pm.

The police station was built ontop of an unlined dump site and sold to us by the group of dumb and dumber. The same group of the illegal tennis center fame.

This did not come to light until Steve Brown was Mayor and started snooping around. Thank God he did. Just not in time to save us from the crooked buisness-little boys.

Submitted by McDonoughDawg on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 7:08pm.

I don't see how someone could say it's WAY too much. I assume you could have placed a bid and made a fortune. Just based on your comment, you could have cleaned up.

Submitted by dollaradayandfound on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 4:18pm.

Moisture seeping? But no water under it? Chemical reaction?
No contractor guarantee? No insurance?
Doesn't sound good!

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Submitted by Stinger on Fri, 08/24/2007 - 12:58am.

Don't forget the $112,000 to rent the old World Gym for a grand total of $1,246,480, to be happily paid out over the next 15 year; only 2/3 of which, mind you, are covered under warranty. Of course that $112,000 is probably based on only 9 months of occupancy. What happens if the project runs over? Will the contractor pay the additional rent? I doubt it.

Now, let's say we are in the 11th year of our loan and the problem resurfaces (pardon the pun). Where are we then?

It seems to me like it would be a better idea to look for a new location, perhaps spending a little more money, but saving ourselves the trouble of having to deal with this again.

Submitted by dollaradayandfound on Fri, 08/24/2007 - 7:58am.

Are moving and rent expenses also in what warranty?
Whis is the warrentor? Another diversion, maybe?

Submitted by McDonoughDawg on Fri, 08/24/2007 - 7:13am.

You don't want to see the gnashing of teeth on here if someone recommended your solution. Your idea may be for the best, I guess only time will tell.

I personally think it can be fixed, and as a taxpayer in PTC, I hope this works.

2ndly, I'll give you a pass on the avatar for now. Smiling

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Submitted by Stinger on Fri, 08/24/2007 - 11:05am.

$, I was referring to the comment "The building’s new floor will have a 10-year warranty against de-lamination," whatever that is. Sounds pretty serious though...

McDonoughDawg, I'm sure you are right about the whining, but I still think it is a mistake to spend so much money on, what I believe is a temporary fix. I also think that our police dept. should not have to deal with those conditions, so what else can you do, other than to relocate?

Let 'em whine.

As for the avatar, I figured it would not take long to get a comment given the number of users with Dawg somewhere in the name. All the same, I think I will stick with it for a while. Smiling

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Submitted by LifeLongResident on Fri, 08/24/2007 - 11:25am.

It's a warranty against the floor sealer peeling up. Note there is no mention of a warranty against moisture - which is the intended purpose.

As far as the avatar, I like it. I just don't know what to think about an institution of higher learning that spells "dog" D_A_W_G. Kinda makes you wonder what they study up there. I guess footbawl and pawties. As a side note, did you notice the hat the bank robber was wearing?

If a person is willing to sacrifice a little freedom to gain a little security, they deserve neither - Ben Franklin

Submitted by McDonoughDawg on Sun, 08/26/2007 - 4:08pm.

If you're curious, it's just a fan thing. King of like Tech being the gnats (pesky insects).

The website of the UGA Atletics is georgiadogs.com, in case you are worried. Which I'm sure you were, you commented on it. So don't lose all hope, some of us can spell. Smiling

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Submitted by Stinger on Sun, 08/26/2007 - 2:52pm.

Hey, maybe he went to school there too!

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