Killingly High School gym floor could set taxpayers back $500K
By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Killingly - posted Mon., Aug. 19, 2013
Concrete and the high school gym floor were two of the more vexing issues facing the Killingly Town Council on Aug. 13. What was supposed to be a 30-year gym floor in an $81,000,000 high school that opened in 2010 already needs repair. The projected costs for that repair range from a $40,000 “fix” to upwards of $500,000 for a complete replacement.
“It's infuriating,” said council member Brian Gosper.
Moisture and drainage issues have plagued the floor since the 2010 winter. A plan to drill three exterior wells and monitor the situation was discussed, as were plans to sand and repair the floor, and replace it altogether. The council members were agreed on one point: no one wants to spend money on something that won't fix the problem.
“If it were my house, I'd want to fix it the right way,” said Gosper. “But we'd need strict oversight.”
Chair Dennis Alemian said he's struggled with the issue. “If we take these steps and don't take care of the moisture, is it worth doing?” he said. “If we take the $500,000 option and it happens again, what's our recourse?”
Town Manager Bruce Benway recommended bonding the whole amount. “If your sentiment is to replace the floor, you may want to vote on a resolution to see if it's defeated,” he said. “The sooner I know how to move, the sooner I can start talking with architects about designs and get engineering estimates.”
“People are fed up with the extra amount of money we've had to spend,” said council member John Hallbergh, Jr. “But patching won't fix it. The site seems to be plagued with problems of nature.”
If the council votes on a resolution to replace the floor, it would go to the voters in a referendum. If it passed, work could start this summer and be completed before the start of the 2014 school year.