County may move EMA office, fix piping in room
Pulaski County Commissioners are weighing the pros and cons of what to do next in regards to the gas smell that is emanating from the basement.
On Monday, during a regular meeting, county maintenance director Jeff Johnston spoke with the commissioners about his recent find during a video inspection of the sewer drain, Monday morning. What was found is not good news.
The commissioners recently held a meeting on Nov. 2 to address a complaint that was made to the Indiana Department of Labor regarding an alleged sewer gas leak or smell that is causing employees to suffer from headaches. The complaint was made anonymously.
The Town of Winamac flushed the north-south sewer drain and then used a camera to catch what is happening with the piping. Johnston was able to document some of the problems with photos.
What was found are several cracks or holes in the pipes. Johnston gave the commissioners an idea of about three major problem areas through photos.
Johnston estimated the repair of the pipes to take about two weeks. The repair of the bathrooms will take a few more weeks.
Johnston said there are few options in dealing with the pipes. He said rerouting the plumbing would cost a large amount of money. He believes that the cheapest route is to fix what is there.
Johnston presented one quote to the commissioners and said he can obtain more. He reminded the commissioners that even with the quotes, they need to take into consideration how much it will cost to move the EMA office because that is where a lot of the construction is going to happen.
Commissioners gave Johnston approval to obtain quotes for the project.