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Ken Arterbury says Fix & Maintain NCTC Buildings

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Ken Arterbury owned and ran a construction firm in Dallas with his wife for more than 30 years.  One of his specialties was demolition.  He knows a little about when a building is beyond a repair and when it is not, as did the two Engineers NCTC hired to study the floor problems.
 

It is time to correct, and/or applaud some of the statements published in our local newspapers concerning the NCTC bond defeat this past May 14th. NCTC is now requesting a new bond proposal to the tune of $30.7 million for the purpose of rebuilding and demolishing buildings that are structurally sound and only need remodeling.

 

 In 2007 NCTC hired the Isbell Engineering Group, (IEG), to investigate and determine the distress of the floor slab in the 300 building. IEG looked at another study preformed by the Terracon Consultants in 2005. Both of these firms came to the same conclusion: that the root systems of the surrounding trees had infiltrated beneath the building and had begun to desiccate, (dry out), the clay soils from beneath the floor slab, causing the floor to settle from the shrinkage. Ignoring this suggested solution, NCTC's solution was, instead, to tear the building down and raise our taxes. IEG engineers provided four options, with varying costs. They recommended their number one option as the best for providing the needed classroom space. The estimated cost of this option: remove the original slab, $52,000; new slab, $75,000; new finish-out, $165,000 - for a total cost of $292,000.

 

In an April 30, 2011 Gainesville Daily Register interview by Asst. Editor Delania Trigg, NCTC's  Dean of Administrative Services, Dr. Stephen Broyles, made the following statement: "We've spent more money on engineers trying to figure an affordable, practical way to fix the sinking floors, but the cost was out of sight. Moreover, this would only have fixed the floors (maybe) it would not have paid for remodeling, repainting, repairing the interior walls nor (would it have) rendered the building layout any more useful for our current needs."  Compare the $292,000 replacement cost against the $13.2 million to tear down and replace the building. 
 
Don't take our word for it. Click on the link below to see the latest Engineer's report commissioned by NCTC.

Latest Engineer Report on fixing NCTC Building Problems commissioned by the NCTC Administration

With the status of today's economy, taxpaying property owners' standard of living is already being compromised.  With talk of a double-dip recession, the uncertainty of our economic future, and the potential lowering of property values, are property owners willing to assume an additional 25-30 year tax burden?

Why are they telling us what they want the voters to hear not what the voter needs to know?

 I choose to believe the evidence. No doubt some people will scoff at me; others laugh, or think I am foolish, naïve, or both. To some degree perhaps I am. But I have never been afraid to look people in the eye and tell them exactly what I believe and why I believe it.

Ken Arterbury

522 CR 100

Whitesboro, TX. 76273

940-768-8957



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