Leaky Municipal Building

By: Jonathan Martin
By: Jonathan Martin

Wet weather on the way, and when it rains, Judge James Blanchard says it pours a problem into his 9th floor courtroom.

"You see the situation as it is, we have to be extremely careful when it rains to make sure we move all the books and electronics equipment out of the way," the judge says.

Its a problem that's flowing all around the municipal building. In the law library, water from a leaking roof is causing walls to bulge and bubble. In several offices, rusted pipes leak water into mop buckets. An antique portrait of former Georgia Supreme Court Justice William Montgomery is also damaged.

"The entire roof system should be replaced," says Rob Munger, the city's capital improvements manager.

He says the roof was supposed to be replaced several years ago with the money from SPLOST.

Munger says, "The builder on that particular time, was the same guy that had done the LEC roof and we'd had some problems with that roof and we didn't feel comfortable going with that particular vendor."

Since then, the water damage has even left a mark in the main courtroom where caution tape blocks off rows of seats under a hole in the ceiling. Munger says the city will seek bids from companies at the first of the year. Once the repairs start, the city estimates it will take about two months to complete.

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