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PTC saving on roof work, but bubble cost to rise

Peachtree City will be saving a significant amount of money using a new process to repair the roofs of two buildings instead of replacing them.

The $44,880 bid approved Thursday night by the City Council allows for a roof sealing project at the public works administration building and also fire station 82.

The product includes a 10-year warranty and involves the restoration and coating of the roof system. On top of the savings, the city also won’t have to deal with the headache of replacing the building roofs at this time, said Public Works Director Mark Caspar.

Council also learned Thursday that more problems have been discovered at the Kedron pools, where a contractor is installing a new underground anchoring system to support the new bubble enclosure used to keep the pools open in the offseason.

City Engineer David Borkowski told council that as the existing anchoring system is being excavated, there are several situations where water lines are right in the grade beam of the structure. That means an additional cost will be incurred to relocate those water lines away from the anchoring system, he said.

The good news is that the contract included some money to replace water lines because it was foreseen that some would be hit during the excavation, which requires drilling under the pools’ concrete exterior.

Crews also found another defect that will need to be remedied to insure the electrical grounding systems are intact, and as a result the city will be inspecting the electrical work at its other pools to make sure the grounding system is fully functional, Borkowski said.

When the pool was first installed 17 years ago, the building code was a bit different, but since then a certain type of fastener is required to make sure the grounding/bonding linkage between all the metal parts of the pool does not corrode or break down over time.

“We’re probably just seeing again the age of our facilities catching up with us,” Borkowski said.

The good news is that the new bubble fabric and new air return system, which must be manufactured via special order, are on time.

It is not known how much the extra work will cost the city, but those details will be presented to council at a future meeting, officials said.

The costs have already gone up significantly on the bubble, as the city hadn’t planned on replacing the anchoring system, which on top of the winning bid being $96,000 more than expected brought the total cost to $454,000.

The cost is being financed over a 10-year period as part of the revenue bonds approved for sale by council Thursday night.

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