Union City to pay half of roof’s cost for B&G club
Posted: Friday, April 16, 2010 7:38 am
By: Donna Ryder, Associate Editor
By DONNA RYDER
The City of Union City voted Wednesday to pay half the cost of replacing the roof on the west wing at Miles School, making it possible for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Tennessee-Union City to remain open.
Last week, during its regularly-scheduled Tuesday night meeting, Jimmy Temple of the city’s codes enforcement department informed the council the west wing of building was dangerous when it rains and does not need to be occupied. He said he saw water pouring through light fixtures and down the walls into the electrical sockets. Water was also collecting in the hallway floor, which was a slippage hazard, he said.
That Wednesday, the city posted notices that the west wing would be closed and the Boys & Girls Club was given the day to remove items it needed from the building and to inform its members of the closing. The children, most of them Union City School System students, were on Spring Break last week.
The council met with members of the board for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Tennessee, as well as officials with Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council, which leases the building from the city, during its orientation session on Monday.
Council members learned that the agreement signed by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Tennessee prior to occupying a portion of the west wing in 2004 addressed the issues with the roof and stated that the Boys & Girls Clubs would not be responsible for paying to fix or replace it.
It was agreed at the orientation session that the roof would need to be replaced and the council was reassured that Stambaugh Roofing, which bid $28,500 two years ago to replace the roof, would honor that price now.
The Boys & Girls Clubs was informed at the orientation session that it could reopen Tuesday.
The council met in called session Wednesday to officially vote on replacing the roof.
Interim city manager Kathy Dillon said city attorney Jim Glasgow Jr. told her that, according to TCA codes, the city council can authorize by unanimous vote a noncompetitive bid when the city manager submits in writing the request and when it is to the clear advantage of the city to do so.
Ms. Dillon said due to the urgency of the matter she recommends accepting the $28,500 bid from Stambaugh to replace the roof.
The city agreed to pay no more than $14,250 for the replacement of the roof.
The council also agreed to sign a new lease with Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council for the building, which also houses the organization’s Head Start and commodities programs. There is a term in the new lease which states Northwest would be responsible for the future maintenance of the building and for reimbursing the city its share of the roof replacement on the west wing.
Councilman Dianne Eskew asked it also be addressed in the lease that when the gym is used by the community the doors between the gym and the west wing remain unlocked. She said the last time the gym was used for a funeral, the doors were locked by officials with the Boys & Girls Club and they had no access to the restrooms.
It was suggested that is a matter which could be handled between Northwest and the Boys & Girls Club and not be directed specifically by the city.
“We’re leasing to Northwest and they can make the Boys & Girls Club do whatever they want to,” Mayor Terry Hailey said.
The council Wednesday night also agreed to allow Northwest to make alterations in a classroom for Head Start.
In a letter to the mayor and council, Head Start facilities administrator Tracy W. Webb said Northwest has received funding for an additional Early Head Start classroom for Miles Head Start. The funding has been made available through the Early Head Start Expansion Grant provided by the president’s America Reinvestment and Recovery Act funding.
She said the center has an available room to accommodate the necessary space required, but some work would need to be done to bring it into compliance with Head Start and Department of Human Services requirements. “We plan to add two toilets, a changing table and a hand washing sink in the classroom. My plan will be to use Macerating toilets with gray water pumps to minimize the actual building alteration. All that will be needed is a two-inch hole in the side wall to allow the gray water to be pumped from the room to the existing sewer drainage system,” she wrote.
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at email@example.com.
Published in The Messenger 4.15.10