PTC may vote on police HQ rehab

Thu, 05/01/2008 - 9:32am
By: John Munford

The Peachtree City Council may vote tonight to spend $720,000 to fix the city's police headquarters.

The matter has been added to the City Council's agenda for tonight's meeting at City Hall, which starts at 7.

Should the new repairs be approved, the city will have spent $1.1 million to repair a facility that cost $1.8 million when it first opened more than six years ago.

The repairs, which are being recommended by staff, involve replacing all the exterior walls of the facility. That should fix the problem of moisture entering the building, according to a consulting architect that has evaluated the building.

The exterior renovation contract, if approved, would be financed over 15 years at an annual cost of $68,000, city officials have said in a memo to the City Council.

The building is already undergoing $538,000 in repairs to its HVAC system, flooring and ceiling to respond to the moisture problems inside the building. Because those repairs are so extensive, the department is currently operating out of a rented building off Commerce Drive near Ga. Highway 74.

The city’s police headquarters has suffered from moisture entering the structure, creating mold and mildew and causing flooring to separate from the foundation. An architectural firm hired by the city last year has determined that poor design and poor construction attributed to the problems.

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