Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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February 27, 2014

Too wet for wood

Humidity delays floor installation

GLASGOW — High humidity levels are still a problem for the Housing Authority of Glasgow’s HERO Center.

The building, which is at the intersection of South Lewis and Cheatham streets, will house a wide array of self-sufficiency programs that are designed to help families wean themselves from government assistance by setting their own goals and objectives.

The center consists of about 20,700 square feet and will feature two gymnasiums. The high humidity levels that have everyone concerned are in the gyms. As long as the levels are high, the wooden gym floors cannot be installed.

“The [humidity] readings are anywhere from 75 to 80 percent, and the contractor has been speaking – he has hired a special inspector, ACES out of Bowling Green – he’s trying to work something out with them to find out if there are issues with their gauges in there, because they are staying pretty much the same,” said Sheri Lee, executive operations officer for the housing authority during the agency’s board of directors’ meeting Thursday.

Lee also said the contractor is working with the architect for the project to see what else can be done to bring the humidity levels down.

“One of the HVAC guys suggested maybe turning on the air conditioner in there and circulating the air some more to try to pull some of the humidity out,” she said.

Bobby Travis, board chairman, pointed out that sometimes gauges freeze up.

“What level are they looking for?” asked Danny Gibson, board member.

The humidity levels are supposed to be below 75 percent.

“Some of those indicators are right at 75. Ideally, it should be right around 70, but anything below 75 is acceptable for the wood flooring to be installed,” Lee said. “Southern Flooring is the contractor and they said if we could get the humidity levels down, they can be here in mid-March to install the floor and it should take them about three weeks.”

Gibson asked if that was all that was lacking.

Lee replied that it was.

“We have done the walk-through inspection. They are 98 percent complete on those punch list items. I think there are some louver, shutter-type things that they are supposed to install sometime next week. So, pretty much everything is in place but the gym floor,” Lee said.

Gibson also asked about the parking lot.

Lee reported that the main entrance side is completed.

“We did receive a letter that there has been an approval to finish up detailed drawings on a food service area addition and that’s where the back side that Bobby [Travis] was talking about that didn’t look like was completed,” Lee said. “That’s what we were waiting to see what was happening before we authorized the contractors to finish, because there was no point in finishing and then tearing it down and going to add on a food service area.”

Lee told board members she had received authorization for the completion of detailed drawings of the food service area, which is a separate project and not part of the HERO Center, and is not being constructed by the housing authority, and for a detailed quote on the price of the addition.  

Travis asked if the boys and girls club was holding up the housing authority a little bit.

“I don’t think so,” Lee said.

Nothing has been confirmed in any housing authority board meeting that the Boys and Girls Club of Glasgow-Barren County would be relocating from the Liberty District-Ralph Bunche Community Center to the HERO Center; however, it has been mentioned that the housing authority would be contracting with partners for use of the center.

When asked if the housing authority had signed a contract with any partners, Lee replied, “not yet.”

“We are a lot closer than what we were 30 days ago,” she said.

Lee would not disclose the identity of any of the partners.

 “The big one is the one we’re talking about right now,” she said. “They are the only ones who have officially approached [us] about wanting to utilize the facility.”

When asked if the “big one” was indeed the boys and girls club, she said, “I can’t answer that question yet.”

The housing authority received a letter from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regarding the funding of the HERO Center, which was mailed to board members.

The letter was in regard to the housing authority’s May 9, 2012, proposal to build the center using capital grant funds.

The letter stated the development proposal was submitted by the housing authority allocating funds for the center for the fiscal years 2008 to 2012. The allocation totals $2,214,261.

Lee announced during the meeting that the housing authority had just been awarded a capital fund grant in the amount of $482,000, which is actually reimbursement to the housing authority for what has been spent in constructing the center.

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