While he has given several
reasons in public meetings why he
withdrew support for the all-new
jail project in Dunbar Township 2
months ago, we
don't hear about those reasons in
It would help, certainly, if people
could read about it in the paper.
This week, the commissioner who
withdrew his support for the
Dunbar Township jail project,
commented critically about the
engineering report, prepared for
Sleighter Engineering, by
Commissioner Vince Zapotosky's
concern over GMI conducting a
less thorough core sample test
"randomly instead of (core
samples taken by a) grid" is
understandable. An absence of his
stated concern over the
geotechnical survey in the media
As per page 3 of the GMI report, 31
"standard" test borings were
drilled on the property that the
county wanted to purchase from
Fay Penn for $1.25 million dollars.
Only 9 of those 31 core samples
were drilled on the exact site
where the one-story that became a
proposed 2-story jail was to go.
Feedback received here from
contractors of large, heavy,
multiple-floor industrial buildings
has been a hoot, with most
wondering why the county
would want to proceed on such
troubled land without a "grid"
report and then additional reports.
Readers unsure of the differences
between standard or random core
samples and samples taken on a
grid fashion, please refer to this
easy to follow explanation with
diagrams to see how more
thoroughy land is tested by grid.
Is it fair for supporters of the
all-new Dunbar Township jail to
criticize Zapotosky and
Commissioner Angela Zimmerlink
for stopping the Dunbar Township
jail and for not wanting to put that
project out to bid legally?
You can't blame the public,
though, if it has not been informed
of very good reasons why this
project in Dunbar Township was
stopped. (15 Oct 14)
|A cell at the Beaver County Jail, pictured recently, shows rust and chipped
paint on the bars on the lower right. The jail is about 10 years old.
|Something else left out of the papers
about the county agenda planning