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City of Lodi working on solution to fire house disrepair

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Posted: Saturday, October 8, 2011 6:43 am | Updated: 11:05 am, Sun Oct 9, 2011.

It has been more than a year since the Lodi City Council toured the Lodi Avenue fire station on the Eastside and were shocked by their findings: black mold, a vermin infestation and a leaky roof.

During the tour in August 2010, several council members said they would move the fire station to the top of the priority list and get the firefighters into improved living quarters as soon as possible.

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6 comments:

  • Jackson Scott posted at 4:29 pm on Mon, Oct 10, 2011.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 386

    Jerry, you must shop at the S-Mart on Lodi Ave next to Rite-Aid. I see the big fire trucks there all the time.

     
  • Kelly Blake posted at 10:37 am on Mon, Oct 10, 2011.

    Blake1969 Posts: 1

    Excellent topic Lori. A building built only 30 years ago should last longer, however there are many things to take into consideration like: The substandard design and craftsmanship of the building in the first place. A building with a flat roof is bound to have issues over a 30-year period. Another thing to take into consideration, this building is not used to house 50 desks with 50 computers and 50 employees who’s job it is to sit for 8 hours a day, this is an industrial building mean for industrial use so the wear and tear is going to be a bit different than your average office. With that said, how many 8 ton vehicles do you drive into your office everyday?

    On another note, I agree with Roy that we do have many skilled city workers perfectly capable to do the maintenance and/or repairs to the station, however that should have been taken into consideration by the city many years ago before this building was put into a “condemned” state. Tearing down a building would have been avoidable if the good people of Lodi stopped nickel and diming the public safety sectors and paid for minor repairs 15 years ago.

    Lastly, hiring inexperienced volunteers sounds like a great idea! If you don’t mind slower response time in an emergency situation, meaning you could possibly loose your loved one because the few extra minutes it took them to get to you.

    Oh and Jerry, don’t post inaccurate information that has no basis because it just shows how ignorant you are to your community. If anything that holds true in your rant, it seems like you are envious of the fire fighters and wish you could have been Mr. October.

     
  • Jason Wagner posted at 9:38 am on Mon, Oct 10, 2011.

    JWagner Posts: 2

    Lori does make a great point! There is absolutely zero reason that a city building should be in such condition. I don't care if it is 60 years old. It should properly maintained monthly. There is no excuse for the use of our tax dollars going to fund unneeded facilities when it is the direct responsibility of the city to maintain upkeep. It was put on the back burner. There were clearly more important issues. Such as what? When our tax dollars are in question those topics should always be in the forefront.
    On a second note, the reasoning for the trees to be cut down is insane. The trees drew in vermin. Please, the thick ground cover quite possibly provided a living environment for pests but not the trees. To cut down mature tress which provide cost saving shade and aesthetic beauty to a building and its surroundings is ridiculous unless the tree roots are creating or presenting a structural issue to the building or the sidewalks.
    To me this simply sounds like typical bureaucratic red tape. Shocker!!!

     
  • Jerry Bransom posted at 6:54 pm on Sun, Oct 9, 2011.

    Jerry Bransom Posts: 363

    How about we fire the whole lot and go to a Volunteer FD. At least in those days, the did more than ride around in their big red trucks, pose for calendars and shop all day at the Grocery Store.

     
  • roy bitz posted at 11:35 am on Sun, Oct 9, 2011.

    roy bitz Posts: 497

    Excellent points Lori.
    I recall the day five firemen came to Lockford Springs golf course to do routine fire safety inspections. The five got into three golf carts and drove out to inspect the restroom. I wonder if they inspect their own buildings.
    We have a large and highly skilled city work force. They have the time, talent, tools and equipment ----the werewithall--- to do some if not most of the maintainence here.
    I wonder why public works has not been deployed to fix this building?

     
  • Lori Cotten posted at 4:49 pm on Sat, Oct 8, 2011.

    LKC Posts: 8

    Nobody ever says why a building that was built in 1981 is in such disrepair who is responsible for that? we shouldn't have to build million dollar fire houses after 30 years a building should last longer if you do the maintenance once in a while is it possible to repair that one and save our money?

     
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