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Bubble information from City Council

Please read the following exchange of emails.  One of our team members, Holly Machemehl took the time to write to City Council and her husband Ken attended the City Council meeting last night.  I feel as a team we have desperately tried to be respectful of the hassles the City has had regarding the bubble and we have been "silent" and not pressed them for explanations. We are personally  thankful that Holly and Ken took this iniatiative.  

Even today another another of our parents called Kedron and received two different answers from staff.  As a coaching staff we have been having these discussions weekly for 5 months, and this email exchange gives a glimpse of what is going on.  Thank you to all who have tried to gently press the City for information on this topic.

As a team, we are prepared to keep the practice schedule as is until Kedron opens, but will also shift in a day if they allow us into the Kedron facility.

 

 

From: Ken & Holly [[email protected]]
Sent: Monday, January 30, 2012 5:42 PM
To: City Council and City Manager
Subject: Kedron Pool

 
 
I have just read my weekly updates, which I so appreciate receiving.  It lists the Kedron pool opening February 13th.  I cannot express to you how extremely displeased the swimmers and their families are with the continued prolonging of this project.  We are at 5 months now.  We could have built an entire new facility in that timeframe.
 
Our children who swim year-round, competitively, have been getting up between 3:45 and 4 am 5 days a week to swim in Douglasville so that they do not lose their abilities.  Our high school swimmers have been falling asleep in class and struggling with their grades.  We are at the point now where most of us cannot even speak on this subject because it invokes rage that we would like to keep under control.  We would all gladly give a literal pound of flesh to get this done.  Every week we tell our kids that it will be just 1 more week and it never seems to end.  How can a light to install require another week out of the pool?  Can someone please explain that to me....rationally???  I have wanted many times over the past months to get our city council men and women’s phone numbers so that I can call you at 4 am each morning to let you know what it feels like to wake up that early.  The SCAT parents would gladly be at the pool any time, day or night, to do any repairs that need done so that our children can use our ONE and ONLY pool in this area.
 
How has this simple bubble installment taken 5 months when it was budgeted to take 30 days?  Or, is this just business as usual in Peachtree City.  We have been twisting in the wind with insanely little information on the progress of our pool status and that leaves lots of questions to be answered.  This will affect voting this year.
 
Sincerely,
Holly Machemehl
 
from Mayor

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Don Haddix <[email protected]>
To: Ken & Holly <[email protected]>; City Council and City Manager <[email protected]>
Sent: Mon, January 30, 2012 6:06:29 PM
Subject: RE: Kedron Pool


Ms. Machemehl,

 

As I warned when the vote took place, from just looking at the foundation, there were going to be problems found when it was ripped out to be replaced. Extensive problems were found and they extended beyond the installation area. So this was never a simple installation. You cannot plan for work to fix problems you cannot even see until they are uncovered.

 

Jim, anything Staff wishes to add?

 

Don Haddix
Peachtree City Mayor
 
from city council member 
 

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Kim Learnard <[email protected]>
To: Ken & Holly <[email protected]>
Sent: Mon, January 30, 2012 7:50:46 PM
Subject: RE: Kedron Pool


Dear Ms. Machemehl,

First of all, thank you for taking the time to write. You are right to be concerned and you are right to be frustrated. We are all frustrated. I will do my best to explain only a couple items, but the truth is that it would be better explained in person and I will meet with you - up at Kedron if you wish - any time.

 

The Kedron pool bubble was initially installed 15 years ago. Good engineering practices dictate that a set of drawings would be generated and stored indicating everything about the installation - where the support beams were located (since they are under concrete these drawings are pretty important), where power is run, everything. I am sorry to say the "as-builts", as they are called, were nowhere to be found. Prior to starting the new bubble project we spent months trying to track down information on the original installer or any drawings but came up empty-handed. We had to proceed, and we did so hoping for the best but preparing for the worst. As you now know, as we all now know, we ran into the worst, again and again. For example, when we first began pulling out concrete, we discovered that the grounding/bonding system was so old it had pretty much fallen to pieces. "Bonding" refers to connecting everything in a pool together - ladders, lights, etc. - under the concrete so they can all be tied to ground and "grounded." This is a critical safety issue, something that we learned about only when the concrete was pulled up, but of course, something we addressed fully and re-installed properly this time. That costs more and it takes more time but it simply has to be done. There were dozens of examples like this.

 

Holly I promise you that the delays have not been due to a lack of effort by city personnel or any lack of concern by the city. Our City Engineer and our Director of Public Services have absolutely prioritized this project. They have worked on little else over the last four months. I have been checking in; our City Manager has been checking in; we are all anxious and concerned about getting everything installed, working, and safe. I want to tell you I have a high school Junior who is, starting this week, trying out for the lacrosse team again, which means he gets home from school around 8pm totally exhausted. I can only imagine the disruption to your family, especially to your children's schedules, resulting from having to drive so far to practice their sport. I am truly sorry. If it is any small consolation, we are, this time around, doing things right. We are constructing a long-lasting, quality facility. It will be safe. And we will have as-builts on file so Peachtree City citizens never have to go through this again.

 

I will give you my cellphone number, (770) 826-6707, so you can call me at your convenience and we can meet. I hope you don't need to call me at 4am but if you do, I'll know where you are coming from. Again, thank you for taking the time to share your frustrations and I'm sorry for what your family has gone through.

 

Sincerely,

 

Kim Learnard

City Council Post 3

 

151 Willowbend Rd

Peachtree City, GA 30269

(770) 487-7657

[email protected]

 
    
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