Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Area News

March 1, 2013

Waterproofing vote ends in tie, fails again

CROSSVILLE — The Cumberland County Building and Grounds Committee again discussed waterproofing spray on the old high school portion of the Justice Center and, for the second month in a row, took a tie/failed vote over the matter.

Last month the committee took two votes over the matter and it was a tie/failed vote both times regarding the water proofing spray.

Sonya Rimmer, 8th District Commissioner and building and grounds committee chairperson, said she put the item on the agenda this month so it could be discussed again.

"I'm suggesting we do it. It came in under budget and I'd like to get the committee's thoughts," Rimmer said.

Dave Hassler, 3rd District commissioner, said, "I think it's waste and I don't think we'll need it if the mortar is done correctly. I will not vote for it."

Roy Turner, 7th District commissioner, agreed with Hassler.

Larry Allen, 6th District commissioner, said he had mixed feelings about the issue.

"I think if we don't give them a chance to say 'we told you the waterproofing needed to be done' then if there are still leaks the windows will be replaced. Otherwise, it could be a problem," Allen said.

The bid was submitted by Midwest Maintenance, Inc. of Piqua, OH, the same company that is performing repairs on the old high school portion of the Justice Center to prevent leaking.

The company is going to tuckpoint the mortar on the stone of the building going in about one-inch deep around the blocks. The company will apply new mortar in those joints and recommends applying a water repellant spray over that to ensure no further leaking.

Applying the waterproof spray was bid out separately as an alternate and Midwest Maintenance, Inc. bid a total of $7,860 for the job. Kim Chamberlin of Upland Design previously told commissioners he estimated the cost to be around $15,000.

Bill Walter from Midwest Maintenance also attended last month's meeting and told the committee he recommended the waterproofing because it would add additional years of life to the mortar on the building and said it would reduce the chances of water coming in even more.

Walter also wrote a letter to Chamberlin, recommending the waterproofing.

At last month's meeting, Commissioner Allen asked Chamberlin if the county decided not to do the waterproofing if they would still repair and reinstall the windows if there continued to be a leaking problem.

"I'm going to say I recommend the waterproofing, but we aren't going to duck out on you," Chamberlin said.

At previous meetings it was agreed upon that the county would pay for the mortar and tuck pointing of the building first. Then, if there were continued leak problems, then Midstate Construction would re-install the windows. Water proofing was added and the two parties began to debate over the subject.

Rimmer asked county attorney Randal Boston, who attended the meeting, if there could be a problem.

"If we don't do the water proofing and it was recommended and it still leaks, will that give them an out?" Rimmer asked.

"Yes, it could," Boston replied.

Harry Sabine, 1st District commissioner, moved to do the waterproofing of the brick and mortar and it was supported by Allen.

Sabine, Allen and Rimmer voted in favor and Hassler, Turner and Carmin Lynch, 9th District commissioner, voted against the motion, resulting in a tie vote, which fails. It takes five votes at the committee level for a motion to pass, according to the county commission's adopted rules.

In the letter to Chamberlin and the county, Walter wrote, "It is my position, shared earnestly by our company, that there should be a water repellant/facade preservation product applied to this repaired surface. You have had issues with this building for quite a while. Water has entered as a rule over the years over a vast portion of the walls. This repetitive action has taken its toll on the sandstone and mortar materials on the outside veneer fabric ... All systems have been respectfully compromised because of the years of leaks..."

The letter further states, "You have had a serious problem and we need to approach this project with every procedure we have to render it water tight..."

Walter of Midwest Maintenance also states he would be willing to discuss the subject at further length in more detail if needed.

Commissioners were all forwarded a copy of the letter prior to the meeting.

Commissioners who do not want the water repellant spray say it is not necessary and will be an added cost to the county that will have to be reapplied every five to ten years once it is performed.

Commissioner Lynch also cited an opinion from Cope and Associates of Knoxville that water proofing spray was not needed. Commissioner Hassler has said he obtained information that does not favor the use of waterproof spray on older, historical building stone such as sandstone.

Committee members Charles Seiber, 4th District; and Joe Koester, 5th District, did not attend the meeting.

Text Only
Area News
  • Shop tax free this weekend

    With the return to school right around the corner and Cumberland County students set to return to classrooms Aug. 6, Tennesseans are reminded they can buy certain items without paying sales tax Aug. 1 through Aug. 3.

    July 30, 2014

  • state park bath house.jpg Historic CMSP bathhouse gets new use with renovation

    When a new pool was constructed at Cumberland Mountain State Park in the 1980s, the beach area was converted to a quiet place to watch the water and the bath house was boarded up.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cole dismissed from teaching position

    The Cumberland County Board of Education voted 8-1 to dismiss tenured special education teacher Stephanie Cole, who remains at the Cumberland County Jail without bond charged with the July 20 fatal shooting of Louis Tammaro Jr.

    July 29, 2014

  • Crash sends one to jail, cyclist to UT

    A crash involving a motorcycle and a pickup truck resulted in one man being flown to a regional trauma center and the second man being arrested after he fled the scene, Crossville Police reported.

    July 29, 2014

  • County to include more meeting info on web site

    Cumberland County commissioners approved a change in the commission's rules which requires the full package of materials supplied to the commissioners to be posted on the county's web site.

    July 29, 2014

  • jobless june.jpg County jobless rate up for June

    County unemployment rates for June 2014 show the rate increased in all 95 counties of Tennessee. In Cumberland County, the jobless rate rose from 7.4 percent in May to 8.3 percent for June.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • lver-greg morris.jpg New veterans rep joins Career Center staff

    The Tennessee Career Center in Crossville now has more resources available to assist veterans seeking employment. The center recently hired Gregory Morris as a local veterans employment representative (LVER) to work with both unemployed veterans as well as employers seeking job applicants.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Richard Lemert.jpg Lemert pays visit to Crossville

    Richard Milo Lemert, (left) great nephew of Milo Lemert of Crossville, recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, is pictured with L.T. Thurman Jr. It was Richard Lemert's first visit to Crossville and during his brief stay, he stopped by the Milo Lemert Building on Main St. and viewed the plaque that was placed in honor of his great uncle. Milo Lemert was married to Nell Snodgrass of Crossville and was killed in action on their first wedding anniversary. Thurman's father, Litton T. Thurman Sr., received the Distinguished Service Cross in the same WWI battle that Lemert was awarded the nation's highest honor. Richard Lemert resides in Raleigh, NC, and is planning to attend the Medal of Honor Convention in Knoxville Sept. 10-13.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • IMG_2558.jpg Understanding the structure of addiction and recovery

    Bradford Health Services hosted a free workshop Friday for area agencies on the structure of addiction and recovery. Robbie Keeble who is recovery liaison for Bradford, was the featured speaker. With rates of substance abuse so prevalent in the Crossville area, several local agencies arranged to instruct participants on how addiction works in the brain and the process that those struggling with addiction need to take in order to recover successfully. There were 94 attendees in all, including several social service agencies, health care providers, law enforcement personnel, businesses and concerned citizens. If you are interested in attending or hosting a future training on matters related to substance abuse, contact Bradford Health Services at (931) 528-6803.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • TMSAA rules get one-year try out

    Changes are coming for the elementary sports programs next year, with a 6-3 vote of the Cumberland County Board of Education. That vote of support of recommendations from the athletic committee was met with concerns from board members that the move towards county-wide rules and regulations was an attempt to move toward middle school teams.

    July 28, 2014 1 Video

Marketplace Marquee
Must Read
Section Teases
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Weather Radar
2014 Readers' Choice
Graduation 2014