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Leaking building to cost nearly $400,000 to repair

ALBANY, Ga. — A series of leaks to a city building will cost upwards of $401,000 in federal community bloc grant funds to repair, city officials learned this week.

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The repair work will replace the windows and seal large portions of the exterior skin of the the Arthur K. Williams Microenterprise Building on South Jackson Street, city officials say.

Architect David Maschke said that water had managed to work its way through the outer masonry shell of the building and through the outer edges of the windows.

At Tuesday’s City Commission meeting, Albany Mayor Willie Adams questioned why such extensive repairs were needed on a building that is roughly 20 years old.

“That’s a lot of money to spend on leaks,” Adams said. “Is there anything we can do to track down the contractor or the architect and hold them accountable?”

The short answer from City Attorney Nathan Davis was no, because any bond on the work would have expired four years after construction was finished.

The funds to finance the project will come from the city’s allotment of community development block grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The winning bidder was CA Brown Construction Company of Albany.

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whattheheck 2 years, 8 months ago

Good question, Mr Mayor--just 16 years late.

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Darien 2 years, 8 months ago

who dat that built the building to begin with? was it one of those eeoe businesses.

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bubbavet 2 years, 8 months ago

BINGO!!! YOU GOT IT RIGHT I BET. GUESS WHO WILL "REPAIR" IT? PROBABLE THE SAME ONE WHO BUILT IT.

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LuLu 2 years, 8 months ago

The Arthur K. Williams Microenterprise building? Never heard of it. What city entity does this house? Hell. Let Arthur K. Williams pay for it.

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Amazed2 2 years, 8 months ago

Sounds like if the 4 yr contractor bond expired 16 yrs ago then the building would be about 20 yrs old. I would think that someone with the City has been doing periodic maintenance and upkeep on the building over the last 20 years. I wonder if that has been handled directly by the City crews or if they also advertise that out for the lowest cheapest priced person or company to bid on. Periodic caulking and sealing over 20 yrs should be expected at least every 3-5 yrs. Sometimes the lowest cheapest price results in the lowest cheapest quality too.

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Amazed2 2 years, 8 months ago

Well I guess Albany continues to live with expectation that when they cannot get enough money from the tax base that they and the State of Georgia they can alway call on the contact in Washington to get Federal Funds to do building repairs. Sure is a shame that the budget of the City of Albany, Dougherty County and DCSS are so dependent on having to seek money from the Federal Tax Dollars. The leaders seem to think of the Federal Funds like FREE Money but it is not FREE. Obama will have to sell another Bond to China or run the printing presses some more just to send Albany money to fix up a building. If we cannot afford to fix and maintain buildings within our own budget we should not be building so many City and County Buildings. The City just spent $300,000 local tax dollars on 4 WELCOME to ALBANY signs along with $300,000 in matching DOT funds. Tommy Chatmon spent $400,000 for the famous Blue Arch. Now we need $401,000 to fix Arthurs building and we have to call in favors and beg from Washington.

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