Monday, September 26, 2016

FARMER'S MARKET TODAY

The Farmer's Market is on today at Indiana Street and Springfield Avenue from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Stop by for some goodies and fresh produce.


ENGINEER: CHS POOL COULD HAVE COLLAPSED, AND CAUSED HEALTH ISSUES

The Columbia High School pool was in danger of collapse that could have caused a severe flooding of the immediate area, according to the engineer who recently conducted a structural review of the facility that prompted district officials to immediately close it down. 

The report also indicates there were potential "health issues" because the ventilation system within the pool is no longer operational.

Thomas Andrasz, senior vice president of EI Associates of Cedar Knolls, authored the report that was issued to the district on Sept. 9, prompting the closing of the pool soon after.

The school board had approved the study, at a cost of $24,000, following previous concerns about the pool's future stability after it was found there were leaks in some areas.

"There is no way of predicting when there would be a collapse," Andrasz told Maplewoodian.com. "I think we were all surprised by the findings ... The core findings found the strength to be significantly less than we would specify today."

He later added, "reinforced steel under the pool and within the concrete is badly corroded."

The pool, built in 1928, is not in-ground, Andrasz said. It actually sits over a tunnel area that connects to basement storage areas and other spaces.

"Even if there wasn't anyone in the pool, there would have been an extensive amount of water released," he said. "The lower level mechanical space, the boiler room, would have had a significant amount of damage just from the water."

A copy of the report obtained by Maplewoodian.com indicates the structure is "inadequate" and suggests that the walls and pool deck "undergo major structural reinforcement or reconstruction."

It also found a potential health concern, stating, "The mechanical ventilation system within the pool natatorium is no longer operational. Lack of ventilation presents a health issue for the users. Lack of a functional ventilation system also causes an increase in humidity levels within the pool space, build up of airborne chlorides from the pool chemicals as well as additional condensation."

See portions of the report and images showing the corrosion and leakage HERE.

SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT ON JEFFESON AVE., NO INJURIES

... Scanner indicates a bus accident near the railroad trestle on Jefferson Avenue, no injuries and students released to parents ... No indication which school or students involved ... 

MAPLEWOOD VILLAGE LOT CLOSURE TODAY

From Maplewood Police:

On Monday, September 26th at 0600 hours, Lot 7(rear of 170 Maplewood Ave.) will be closed due to construction until further notice. Prepare to seek alternate parking especially during commuter hours

Sunday, September 25, 2016

AUTUMN LEAVES SENIOR PARTY TODAY AT LES SAISONS


REPUBLICAN TC CANDIDATE: I WON'T VOTE FOR TRUMP

Mike Summersgill
Republican Township Committee Candidate Mike Summersgill says he does not support Donald Trump and will not vote for him in November.

"I don't support Donald Trump," Summersgill told Maplewoodian.com in an interview this week. "I didn't vote for him (in the primary) and I knew it was largely symbolic as many Republicans in Maplewood did."

Summersgill, who is facing Democrat Frank McGehee in the Nov. 8 election, made the comments during a lengthy podcast interview with Maplewoodian.com, which will be posted in early October. 

Donald Trump
"A lot of my concern around Donald Trump is I don't think he's qualified," Summersgill added. "He's done nothing to surround himself with good people to give him, A, good advice, or insight."

The question of Summersgill's view of Trump, as a Republican himself, has come up in the campaign as people have asked him if he will support the real estate mogul, whose record of lies, offensive comments and racist views has driven many Republicans away.

"I can't support someone that doesn't recognize they need the advice of people that know what they're talking about, and that could be on any issue," Summersgill said, later adding, "I don't want to see how that manifests itself with someone in the highest position in our country."

He also said, "I'm worried what the future holds and I would like to see us work past partisanship to compromise ... I can't really see at this point Trump changing enough to get my vote."

Asked if this means he will vote for Hillary Clinton, Summersgill said he had not made up his mind, but made clear it would not be Trump. 

"I really am taking a look at (Green Party nominee) Jill Stein, as well as the Libertarian candidate (Gary Johnson)," Summersgill said. "There's been some things around Hillary Clinton that have resonated with me that I wasn't aware of. Her start in politics, her service of children and as a lawyer, what she was advocating for. "

But, he said, "I don't find her likeable, which I think is the same as many people in the country. And then it's a matter of well, do you have to like a person for them to do a good job? The answer to that question is no. But it doesn't make it easier to pull the lever for them come November."

ART WALK AND MUSIC FEST TODAY


10 OPEN HOUSES TODAY

Find your next home or just see what the market is offering.

Full list HERE.