Hamic says tax payer dollars went right down the drain

Published 07/16 2014 05:37PM

Updated 07/18 2014 01:35PM

Inside the Geneva County EMA building. The facility recently had renovations and they're already having mold issues.
Inside the Geneva County EMA building. The facility recently had renovations and they're already having mold issues.
"I think the tax payers of Geneva County got screwed out of nearly $400,000," said Probate Judge Fred Hamic.

Less than a year ago the old health department building got nearly a half of a million dollars in renovations. The project initially started because of mold issues. Now, the health department has relocated to a new building and the Geneva County Board of Education and EMA took over the existing one. The mold problems the county thought they got rid of are starting to pop back up.

"I don't understand. This is supposed to be a reputable company, but I’m totally dissatisfied with it from the architect slam to the air condition man,” said Hamic.

Two construction companies worked on the job, Anderson Co. and BCS Construction. Shortly after the updates were completed employees began to notice some issues, so they called in state experts. The Anderson Company that performed the work is not Anderson Construction Company in Ft. Gaines, GA.

"He went up in the ceiling and he saw it the duct work does not even come close to the grates that’s in the wall. There's at least two inches space, just open space and we've got a moisture problem which is causing a mold problem,” said Hamic.

As of now the mold isn't a health concern, but the issue can quickly change.

"My main concern is protecting our employees. You know, money I hate to say is secondary, but you can't put a price tag or I can’t put a price tag on somebody’s health,” said Hamic. “So I do not want them over there if it turns into a situation where the mold is a detriment to their health.”

Hamic said it’s up to the Geneva County commissioners to vote on what they would like to do. He says he would like to see the construction companies fix the problem and at no cost to the tax payers.

"It was just shoddy work and somebody has to answer for this,” said Hamic.

There were also other construction issues in the building like sheet rock and electrical outlets, according to Hamic.

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