Moisture repair at PD progressing

Thu, 12/27/2007 - 4:48pm
By: The Citizen

Moisture repair at PTC PD ongoing

The renovation of Peachtree City’s police headquarters is proceeding very well and also on time, according to City Engineer David Borkowski.

So far, all of the necessary drywall has been knocked down and removed along with ceiling tiles, Borkowski said. And most of the work on the heating, ventilation and cooling system has been completed, he added.

The HVAC system has been completely redesigned and new air handling units will be installed to better condition the air, much like large dehumidifiers, Borkowski said. Also the redesign will create different air conditioning zones in the building, he added.

The redesign also includes new HVAC duct work.

The entire project is still on track to wrap up by the end of May, with the police department moving back in the first of June, Borkowski said. While all this work is being done, the department has been temporarily relocated to the former Gold’s Gym building on north Commerce Drive.

“So far yes, they’re on schedule,” Borkowski said. “We’ve had no extensions to the contract, and we’re working to keep it that way.”

The $593,000 renovation is necessary to combat moisture-related problems that cropped up inside the building, which opened in 2001. Among the problems were the creation of mildew and damaged drywall along with carpet peeling up from its adhesive.

The flooring problem was caused by a chemical reaction between water and the adhesive, Borkowski said. The city hopes to fix that problem by ripping up the affected flooring, treating the concrete with a special sealant to keep moisture away from the floor, and then reapplying an adhesive and then the flooring.

The contractor on the project is not guaranteeing that the repairs will take care of the moisture problem in the building, officials have said. The moisture problem was so bad that much of the time dehumidifiers were running constantly.

Once all the work is completed, the department will have a larger evidence room than it had previously, Borkowski said.

The city is also still exploring how to correct mildew-type stains that are occurring on the exterior of the building, but that is not a part of this contract, Borkowski said.

The $1.8 million station opened in 2001 on a tract of land formerly used as a landfill adjacent to the city’s original wastewater treatment plant off Ga. Highway 74 south of Kelly Drive. Former and current city officials have said the building was not constructed on top of a dump area.

The contractor on the project was Leslie Contracting of Fayetteville and the engineering firm responsible for design was Don Cobb and Associates. Leslie Contracting reimbursed the city for related problems, including soil samples, waterproofing and the purchase of two dehumidifiers, according to a September 2004 letter provided by the city.

The 5.5-acre site was purchased in 1999 for $140,000 from Pathway Communities. At the time, an environmental survey of the tract showed there were no contaminants present in soil samples taken from the site.

login to post comments

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
Git Real's picture
Submitted by Git Real on Sat, 12/29/2007 - 2:04pm.

The police station is being repaired. Bend over my PTC Brethern and smile as another scandoulous tax bill is rammed up your check book. Shocked

Just remember.... The same people that gifted Peachtree City with the police station, Tennis Center, etc., is the same bunch that just gifted us with Dan's replacement.

But you do have to admit the story kind of makes you feel good about the whole thing. Doesn't it? Puzzled

I never tell lies about people on my blog.
Especially if I think the truth will do more damage. Cool

Mike King's picture
Submitted by Mike King on Sun, 12/30/2007 - 11:54am.

How is it that in the middle of a drought we have an adhesive that becomes mold when contacted by water? The moisture comes from either the ground or condensation formed by the running of air conditioning units. How many other similar structures completed during the same time frame have this problem?
Seems to me that the citizens of Peachtree City are getting "bits and pieces" of this story and only what a select few want us to know. If the contractor who built the building in the first place is now making the repairs and again does not have to guarantee his work, the problem may be much larger than we know.

Submitted by Bonkers on Sun, 12/30/2007 - 4:56pm.

I thought that was strange when the city let the repair contract to the same people who first built th police station, and the contract included a clause of NO GUARANTEE.

The only logic possible for that was that no one else would touch it!

Also, it may take 4-5 years before it happens again to such an extent that further repairs are necessary, and by then who knows who will be in charge?

Lawyers are the cause of these sort of things. All they do for three years is read books about how other crooks do such things!
How many lawyers have you heard speak out as to what they thought about our city getting screwed by the Tennis Center, the Police station, and a few other things long gone to the bottom!

They don't and won't! They are not citizens, just lawyers who must be paid.

Submitted by skyspy on Sun, 12/30/2007 - 5:23pm.

No developer with any credibilty would ever touch the police station or the tennis center because both of them were so poorly built to begin with.

The developers in PTC know they have a safe haven, because even when harold is sober he is dumber than a bag of hammers. They know the councilFOOLS will let them get away with anything. That is what is so sad for the average citizen here.

Even worse the same band of crooks supported ramsey as our representative. The only decent, honest morally upright, credible person behind ramsey was Sheriff Johnson. The rest of them had a black cloud of stink and corruption around them, worse than the poison recycling plant in Union City.

Submitted by skyspy on Sun, 12/30/2007 - 3:35pm.

The police station was built ontop of an unlined, unmarked dump, that PTC taxpayers paid top dollar for. We were not told that we bought the city dump when it was purchased from pathways. I have heard from some officers that the foundation is shifting and cracking and that is where the moisture is getting in through the cracks in the foundation. The contents of that dump will keep degrading, and shifting and as they do, the dirt and foundation of the building will keep moving with it. Also PTC is filled with many natural springs, many of which are right in that area, which I'm sure isn't helping.

The tennis center has a leaking roof so the mold and damage is no mystery. The mystery is why we are paying the same bozo developer to repair work that should have been done right the first time. Do you ever pay a contractor who works on your home if the work is done incorrectly?? I do not. I furthermore would take them to court for any deposit or half-down money I gave them for a job done poorly. This was another case of councilFOOLS spending taxpayer money foolishly.

BPR's picture
Submitted by BPR on Sun, 12/30/2007 - 4:16pm.

Hope this makes you laugh, remember I said The Jerk was one of my favorites, well Steve Martin really is one of my favorites.

Try this one

And this one

This one is great.

Happy new year.

Submitted by skyspy on Sun, 12/30/2007 - 5:25pm.

Happy New Year. Let the celebrating begin.

hutch866's picture
Submitted by hutch866 on Sun, 12/30/2007 - 1:05pm.

The A/C's remove humidity to the outside of the structure, only if they are undersized will there be condensation inside.

I yam what I yam....Popeye

Submitted by d.smith700 on Sun, 12/30/2007 - 2:18pm.

None of the contractors in PTC are so dumb that they don't know what happened at the Police Station!

Just try and get one to say however! Mold is not rocket science!

hutch866's picture
Submitted by hutch866 on Sun, 12/30/2007 - 3:30pm.

I yam what I yam....Popeye

BPR's picture
Submitted by BPR on Sun, 12/30/2007 - 4:46pm.

Happy New Year to you and your family - guess what my son is 15 today.
Does time fly by or what?

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.