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Will maintenance be provided for the new firehouse?

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Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 12:00 am

I suppose that Lodi Firehouse No. 2 was built without inspectors, since it was built with shabby workmanship and nobody seemed to notice. The repair on the firehouse was nonexistent — the roof leaked for 10 years, causing mold. Who is in charge?

I have no sympathy for the people who are in charge of seeing that these buildings are being maintained. How much effort was made to correct this situation? There was a vermin infestation for 10 years and nothing was done to exterminate them. Who inspected the roof of the firehouse to see if there was a problem? The answer is no one — otherwise light could not have been seen after the roof was fixed.

General Mills was built in 1948 and is still producing products. How many vermin infestations have they had during this time? The answer is none. It was taken care of by people interested in making money, not spending it.

If you are going to spend millions of dollars, and I assume taxpayer money, on construction you better have maintenance in place to take care of it. Who will be in command of maintenance — or do we take turns building a new firehouse every 25 years?

My house is 55 years old and without the problems you describe. Will building maintenance be provided? I personally don't think so, since this is not the first time this has happened with buildings in disrepair.

Ben Coleman


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  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:49 am on Sat, Jan 26, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 502

    Mr. Bitz, do you think anyone but Mr. Geweke could get $400,000 for that blighted property in the drug, crime and gang controlled blighted area. And less than an accre? I think those estimates are for the same old off base engineer's estimates and probably geared for the same old local contractors that seem to pull in all the low bids in Lodi. I''m still anxiously awaiting those figures for the unnecessary and unneeded water treatment plant to see if and why that specific bond money was used for other publics works projects other than the plant. I noticed that street, curb and sidewalk and the water meter program installation was suspected of using $9 million of that bond money to lower the cost of meters for residents. I thought this bond funding was for the unnecessary and unneeded water treatment plant, but maybe I'm mistaken. City council will be holding one of their unattended and seemingly"secret" 7AM council metings to discuss the water issue, including costs and prices to be set. To me it's apparent they aren't interested in having any public attendance judging by the early time and assuming those with the normal 7AM-5PM working day, that few, if any, will take time off from work or their day to attend. The council seems to be aware of this fact as they continue to set importand public agenda items on that "secret" list and pass them while most are going to work or in bed ready to rise and complete their day. Does anyone know of any city council in the US that has 7AM meetings?

  • roy bitz posted at 9:26 pm on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    Good letter Mr. Coleman.

    This council is into building monuments with rate payer money. I hope the Lodi News Sentinel will document all the costs and all the benefits of this boondoggle.
    The cost to demolish and dispose of the existing building--- the true final cost and all the benefits.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 2:16 pm on Wed, Jan 23, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488


    I wouldn't put an ounce of faith in COL building inspectors. I can show you an illegible signature from a COL inspector on a permit for my roof that, in reality, could not pass the inspection of a 5 year-old.

    I've sworn for years that the inspector simply did a drive-by and noted, "yeah, there's a roof on that house.'


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