County EMS sta­tion in need of emer­gency roof re­pairs

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Kevin Myrick SJ Edi­tor

Any­one who has ever dealt with a leaky roof can feel em­pa­thy with Red­mond EMS per­son­nel deal­ing with flood­ing is­sues within a lo­cal sta­tion used by paramedics and EMTs dur­ing their shifts.

The roof of EMS Sta­tion 4, lo­cated in the Polk County Pub­lic Safety Com­plex off Rock­mart High­way in Cedar­town, needs an emer­gency roof re­pair to keep fur­ther dam­age from oc­cur­ring within the fa­cil­ity owned by Polk County.

Build­ing in­spec­tor and head of main­te­nance Brian McCray said the metal roof at the build­ing is com­pletely rusted out, and heavy rains have caused flood­ing is­sues within Sta­tion 4 that can lead to much larger prob­lems, es­pe­cially with mold grow­ing within the walls.

“The struc­ture it­self is good, it’s just the metal on the roof that is the prob­lem,” he re­ported.

For years, McCray said that pre­vi­ous main­te­nance staff be­fore he came onto work for the county had only taken to mak­ing spot re­pairs on roofs like the County’s for­mer home of the Wa­ter Au­thor­ity now used by EMS of­fi­cials as one of sev­eral sta­tions around Polk County.

He had a con­trac­tor look at the pro­ject and pro­vide es­ti­mates of what it would cost to re­pair half of the over­all roof — specif­i­cally the leaks caused ini­tially by a sky­light that’s seal be­gan to go bad — but also got a cost to re­pair the whole roof as well.

The county will have to spend around $25,000 to make im­me­di­ate re­pairs, or can spend up­ward of $50,000 to do the en­tire struc­ture’s roof at one time.

“Where wa­ter is pour­ing in is what we’re ad­dress­ing since ask­ing for emer­gency re­pair,” McCray said. “The roof has been leak­ing off and on for a while, but it has now got­ten to the point now that when we are just try­ing to fix it, mak­ing new leaks in the process.”

McCray’s great­est con­cern is that if the prob­lem isn’t ad­dressed and paid for now, the costs will sky­rocket as more dam­age is done by wa­ter leaks.

“Once wa­ter gets in walls, we’re going to have more than a roof prob­lem,” McCray said.

County Man­ager Matt Den­ton does have the au- thor­ity to make de­ci­sions about mov­ing ahead on emer­gency re­pairs and pur­chases, but be­cause of the cost sought to have the Com­mis­sion as a whole look at the is­sue. One thing that As­sis­tant County Man­ager Barry Akin­son pointed out is needed is an over­all plan for what to do about roof re­pairs on county fa­cil­i­ties.

He’s been work­ing on a mas­ter list of is­sues with Polk County’s vol­un­teer fire sta­tions with Pub­lic Safety Di­rec­tor Randy Lacey, and said that sev­eral of the cur­rent sta­tions also need re­pairs.

That doesn’t in­clude leaks that have de­vel­oped in the past at fa­cil­i­ties like the Polk County Jail and Polk County Court­house No. 2, the Depart­ment of Driver Ser­vices build­ing and else­where.

Not t o men­tion t he age of roofs at other fa­cil­i­ties also com­ing to a time when re­pairs or re­place­ment will not just be needed, but ab­so­lutely re­quired.

“We need a roof plan, we re­ally do,” Akin­son said.

Com­mis­sioner Scotty Tillery agreed, but also said it wasn’t so much the prob­lem but how the county is deal­ing with main­te­nance is­sues over­all.

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