The meeting’s second topic also involved rescuers. City officials and firefighters have been worried about the condition of the fire station. At last June’s meeting, they discussed moisture causing some exterior blocks to shatter. At the time of construction in the late 1990s, that type of block was fairly new, and it was discovered later it should not be used on building exteriors because it is porous.
Fledderman said, “We have been in some discussions with structural engineer Nathan Walsman” about how to remedy the problem. Leaders sent informal requests for proposals to a few companies and Ollier Masonry, Batesville, responded. According to Schutte, “Ollier proposed putting a brick face on the whole building. The cost of that was outrageous.” The engineer said due to more weight, supporting walls would have to be added.
The new solution, costing an estimated $198,700, is to repair the cracked blocks, then cover them with a moisture membrane, then a less heavy brick overlay so the building would end up looking like Fullenkamp’s Sporting Goods’ facade. The mayor, who said this was the most cost effective answer, promised, “We will have this on the (Feb. 10) agenda.”
Clerk-treasurer Ron Weigel asked if the proposed contractor offers a warranty and the answer was yes.
Schutte said the aim of the firehouse’s new exterior “is to try to match the Memorial Building. This would give it that brick look.”
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