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City hit with unexpected bills

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Shelbyville's city council will need to make two emergency purchases at its regular meeting Thursday.

During the last week of 2012, crews reporting to work at the public works shop discovered a problem with the electrical system panel due to a roof leak.

While temporary repairs were completed on the roof and the electric system was fixed at a cost of over $500, public works director Mark Clanton reported that water is still running down each wall of the building and that the entire roof will need to be replaced.

Costly roof

The city's budget for the rest of the fiscal year allocates $50,000 for emergency repairs and city manager Jay Johnson said a new roof would be in that price range.

Clanton warned that if the entire roof had collapsed during a weekend, when all of the department's vehicles and large trucks and equipment was stored inside, the loss to the city would have been "catastrophic."

City recorder Vickie Haskins has also filed a claim with the Tennessee Municipal League, and Johnson reported that there may be some insurance coverage for the replacement.

Pool problems

Further repairs will also have to be made to the indoor swimming pool at Shelbyville Recreation Center. Following recent renovations, the center staff began to notice a large amount of sand collecting in the bottom of the pool.

It was later discovered that the pool had a "cracked" lateral in the sand filter, and the parks and recreation staff learned that the original equipment was a unique design and not standard.

Cost estimates vary between $10,000 and $15,000, and since the bid of the renovations were below budget estimates, the city should have the funds to cover the expense.

Parks and recreation director Sylvia Pinson explained to the council that it will take three weeks from the time the order is made for the parts to arrive.

The council meets at 6 p.m. Thursday in the courtroom at Shelbyville Police Department.