Gabby Douglas, a multiple Gold medal Olympian says "Gold medals are made out of sweat, blood and tears and effort in the gym every day."
Aurorans are now left to wonder exactly what Mold medals are made out of after mold was found in existing ducts of the Aurora Family Leisure Complex as reported by The Auroran here: http://www.newspapers-online.com/auroran/?p=9557
Town Council was recently forced to approve an additional $600,000 to address this rather sizable "oops" on a facility that is currently under an extensive, and expensive renovation to include a "space for youth".
From The Auroran’s article it appears there was much discussion regarding the Contingency amount set aside for the project.
I’m more concerned with the fact that the mold was only discovered due to the renovations.
Staff is reporting that the mold is a result of "site conditions that were unseen until construction workers were able to get into the guts of the building." and that “An additional step that could have been taken would have been to undertake a complete building condition assessment."
The Town runs several facilities, enough that it employs a facilities manager.
Which now begs the question does the town not do site evaluations at regular intervals to its facilities that would detect threats to public health such as mold?
Outside of "complete building condition assessments" exactly what sweat, blood and tears and effort is being applied to safeguarding town locations to address issues like this?
And as Aurorans how can we be sure they are being carried out effectively after hearing this news?
I’m also very confused as to how the Town’s pricey $400,000+ Inventory Asset Management solution "Supports an Exceptional Quality of Life for All" as per the Town’s strategic plan if it isn’t able to detect and track issues like this one.
If the attitude is that mistakes like this will be paid for by Development charges, or those at the council table actually believe that costly tools like the Inventory Asset Management solution are contributing to the town’s high service levels then Mold isn’t the only gross thing growing at Town hall.
To borrow a little Tolstoy: "Truth, like mold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not mold."