OS Fire Department demands answers to leaky building

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Ocean Springs fire fighters spotted leaks in their brand new $2.7 million fire station shortly after moving in November 2011. When Hurricane Isaac brought driving rain, the leaks became even worse.

Ocean Springs Fire Chief Jeff Ponson said water forced him to vacate his office for months.

"Right now we are having some leaks that are coming in under the walls and through our offices and some other offices," Ponson said.

Alderman Chic Cody told WLOX News the deficiencies are serious and should have been fixed by the contractor. A meeting with city officials and the architects produced a plan to get that done.

Carolyn Martin, Planning and Grants Administrator for Ocean Springs, said they have been working on the issue and expect to see changes soon.

"The contractor has been working with us to try to identify the problems and fix it as we go," said Martin.

Serious leaks cropped up in at least five areas of the fire station. Now that it's hurricane season, officials say it's more important than ever to be sure the building will really withstand hurricane force winds, as the contractors promised. City leaders say they're giving the contractor every opportunity to resolve the problems.

Martin said the meeting was just to identify exactly what the problems are, identify a strategy for both corrective actions and the plan that would happen if those corrective actions did not work. The goal now is to have the work completed by the end of July.

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