And another thing…

The Sutton-Kennerly report assessing the condition of War Memorial Stadium back in June ’03 identified potential safety issues with the stadium’s structure that are just now being addressed.

 “… We believe that the present strength of the stadium is reduced below the original design and the factor of safety of the structure in its present condition may be significantly below building code requirements”

 “… At this time, a major structural repair is required to reduce the risk of creating an unsafe condition.”

 “…Although not a structural concern, falling debris from delaminated concrete presents a serious hazard to users of the stadium.”

No part of this assement was retracted in the “Phase II” report (dated 2/13/04, the same day that the story hit the N&R, BTW).  To the contrary, “Phase II” codifies the temporary repairs needed for the “safe, short-term operation of the stadium.” 

If such a report had been made public regarding a structure in the private sector, that structure would likely be deemed unsafe and hopefully the City would have closed the place down until proper repairs were made.

The Bats were in the middle of their ’03 season when the City received the now undisputed structural assessment.  In light of the report, If a patron or employee of the team had been injured by “falling debris from delaminated concrete“, the City would undoubtedly be in the middle of another “governmental immunity” lawsuit right now.

The referendum not withstanding, protecting the public should have been reason enough to not wait six months before consulting with Sutton-Kennerly about the repairs that had to be made to make the stadium safe.

To have done otherwise reveals a double standard.

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