SHODDY WORKMANSHIP: Library Seeping Water

A mistake by construction workers in Winterset could cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.

At just 12-years old, Winterset’s library is falling apart. The reason, simply put, shoddy workmanship.

When the building was refurbished 12-years old, contractors failed to put in a plastic vapor barrier between the wall of the building and the brick veneer, so water is seeping in between, causing the brick veneer to bow, and black water stains all around the building.

“The building’s going to have to be deconstructed to almost what it was originally,” says City Councilman Phil Macumber. “To put the vapor barrier in we have to take off the brick veneer. There’s only veneer on the outside. There’s no other way to put it behind there.”

The city attorney is trying to figure out who is to blame for the shoddy workmanship. The main contractor went out of business, meaning the people of Winterset could be on the hook for the estimated $500-700,000 to fix.

3 comments

  • STEVE HUTCHINS

    IM SURE A COUNTY OR CITY INSPECTER SIGNED OFF THIS,MOST LIKELY VERY UNQUALIFED FOR THIS POSITION.YOU WILL FIND THIS KIND OF FLEESING OF AMERICA ALL OVER ARE COUNTRY,UNFORTIENLY WE THE PEOPLE ARE PAYING FOR THESE ACTIONS OVER/OVER AGAIN.,THE NAME OF THE GAME IS SIMPLY GREED/CON

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