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To continue on my thread of why this city cannot manage its own facilities, let me surmise as to how Station 51 is now shutdown:
Station 51 is now shutdown due to a roof leak that "... has caused interior wall damage to the Kitchen, Day Room and Bathroom/ Shower. A remediation company is on-site conducting demolition of the walls, cleaning and operating air scrubbers to remove moisture. Reconstruction will begin next week, it is anticipated that the Fire Station will be closed for approximately two weeks. Engine 51 and personnel have been moved to Station 50."
If you recall when council approved opening Station 50 two years ago as a means to reduce response times, they apparently forgot to adequately budget for needed repairs:
"With an overall fire department budget of $4,530,000, the department’s budget contains $35,000 for Station 51. The added $16,000 comes from revenue derived from impact fees, which can only be used to pay for growth-related expenses."
Now, I anticipate the Fire Chief will be the first before the council to claim our buildings are in need of repair to support his claim for the major renovations for Station 50 on San Marco....
My claim the budgets for building maintenance are woefully inadequate which lead to situations that are now apparent in Station 50...the roof leaks and the damage is extensive. Supporting my claim the city is more interested in capital outlays rather than providing adequate funding for maintenance.
From my experience, this is a major roof leak that was not addressed in a timely manner, and further confirms my suspicion that budgeting for maintenance is held to a minimum waiting for more drastic damage resulting in station shutdown now estimated to be two weeks.
I can hear the arguments for a new facility on Elkam and major renovations for Station 50 on San Marco, when there is was no proper funding for maintenance from the start. Even older buildings can last for decades when properly maintained.
But on Marco it is more sexy for a ground breaking and ribbon cutting ceremony by council and city directors hailing the new facilities and major capital improvements.
And to that I add we have a city building inspection department with competent inspectors.
GOD HELP US ALL!
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