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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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