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Concerns continue over Palmerton gymnasium floor

Published March 21. 2013 05:02PM

Concerns over Palmerton Area Junior High School's renovated gymnasium floor continue to linger.

Resident Kelly Bollinger discussed the matter with the school board on Tuesday, at which time he asked how it was decided to pick that particular floor.

Bollinger said his son has played on the floor for the past four months, and added its condition is poor.

"It's horrible, slippery, and starting to bubble," Bollinger said. "Is there something that can be put on it."

Resident Mary Jo King said that she, too, observed an instance where a boy went to stop and slipped, causing him to slide.

After the meeting, Superintendent Carol Boyce said Joe Faenza, director of facilities, will be "looking into it to determine what it is, and we will work with our district engineers (Barry Isett & Associates) to determine any action if necessary moving forward."

"The flooring would be under warranty if there is any issue determined," Boyce said. "The quality of the floor is excellent in the industry."

In October, the board announced that about three-quarters of the floor covering of the renovated gymnasium would be torn up over this past Thanksgiving holiday. Prior to that, the project had cost the district $366,200.

The board learned of that situation as part of a project review presentation from Rob Sarnowski and Tim Sisock of Barry Isett & Associates.

Sisock told the board that a portion of the gym had to be pulled apart because some lines were not in accordance with central documents.

Boyce said at that time there were errors in the painted lines, and that they occurred because the contractor didn't follow the diagram.

This past April, the board agreed to award the project to CMG of Easton, per the recommendation of Sisock and Sarnowski.

The project called for a multi-prime contract for soil stabilization and renovations to the gymnasium, including demolition, concrete milling and overlay, new athletic flooring, telescoping bleachers, and finishes.

As a result, the soil under the floor was stabilized, the floor leveled and recovered with a new athletic surface, the bleachers replaced, and the gym painted.

The gym now includes ADA accessible seating; a new multipurpose athletic flooring incorporating a basketball court; volleyball court; two practice volleyball courts; and a new scoreboard.

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