Juvenile committee gives priority to floor repair

By AUTUMN HUGHES

Posted 2/3/18

Repairing maintenance concerns at the Bradley County Juvenile Detention Center could cost $50,613 for new flooring, toilets and showers.

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Juvenile committee gives priority to floor repair

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Repairing maintenance concerns at the Bradley County Juvenile Detention Center could cost $50,613 for new flooring, toilets and showers.

The Bradley County Juvenile Committee met in November to hear about needed repairs. On Friday, Committee Chairman Bill Winters said at that meeting the committee took a tour and asked Juvenile Court Director Vicki Towne to obtain quotes for the projects.

Towne said the areas of concern mentioned in November were the lobby floor and toilets and showers in the detention area. Heating units and generators were added to the original list because issues have arisen with both of them, she said.

"We made the lobby flooring our No. 1 priority," Towne said, noting since the committee's last meeting a few women wearing high-heeled shoes have caught their heels in the grooves in the stamped-concrete floor and could have fallen.

After the floor, which Towne said could be a liability, the toilets and showers are the next priorities.

Juvenile Court Administrative Assistant Malita Shaver said three companies offered different solutions to fixing the lobby floor, but the option they prefer – which is also the least expensive – is grinding down the stamped concrete, staining and sealing the new smooth surface.

The recommended bid is from Chattanooga Floor Care for $7,930, which includes grinding, staining and sealing the lobby floor and restaining and sealing the office area's concrete floor.

"Not only was it the cheapest way to go, it was the best way to go maintenance-wise," Towne said.

In regard to the toilets and showers, Shaver said three plumbing agencies gave quotes. The top quote for a dozen toilets is $41,485 from T.S. Raulston. The top quote for nine showers is $1,198 from Pyramid Construction. 

Andre Carr, a youth services officer at the detention center, said the toilets and showers have been areas of concern when the State of Tennessee inspects the facility. Those inspections have been stepped up from twice a year to quarterly reviews.

In addition, Towne said one heat and air unit went out on Jan. 1 and it took two weeks for the special-ordered replacement part to arrive. The unit was out of commission for two weeks and affected 12 beds, meaning the facility could not hold any state-custody juveniles during the time to make room for Bradley County juveniles. The unit was repaired on Jan. 23 at a cost of $2,000.

There are three heat and air units, including the one repaired, that will need to be replaced in the near future due to ongoing maintenance issues, Towne said. The cost of each replacement unit is $7,000 for a total cost of $21,000.

Towne said the courtroom heat and air unit is the oldest in the facility with an estimated replacement cost of approximately $10,000.

"These are going to start going down because of their age and they're not going to be able to be fixed forever," Towne said.

In addition to the heating and air concerns, Towne said the center's generator failed to start due to a bad heat exchanger on Dec. 15. It took two weeks for the special-ordered part to be delivered. During the time the generator was down, Towne purchased a $400 small generator in case of power outage but it is capable of only powering a small portion of the building.

Shaver said a quote of $164,000 for a new generator capable of powering the entire building arrived shortly before the committee meeting.

Towne reiterated the most pressing needs are the lobby floor and toilets and showers in the detention area, but the heat and air units and the generator will need to be addressed. 

The committee approved forwarding the $50,613 amount for the floors, toilets and showers to the Finance Committee for review.

"I appreciate you all so much for looking at this and helping us out," Towne said.

Winters said the center is in an old building and "we have our work cut out for us."

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