Putting Out More Fires At The Eleventh Hour- The New Cooper Building Boys & Girls Club, Sprinkler System Fiasco
If you haven't already heard, a new Boys and Girls Club is opening (or trying to) inside the old Cooper Armory Building located at 885 Sandy Lane in Warwick. An alarming issue that has been overlooked by the City relates to the safety of the occupants of this building, which will predominantly be...children, teens and seniors.
At the City Council meeting last night, the issue again was brought up as to whether or not this new Boys and Girls Club would need a fire alarm system and or sprinkler system. It all comes back to poor leadership and bad planning. Why wasn't mayor Avedisian asking department heads over a year ago how the City was going to properly make this transition properly work? This is another example of the Mayor being great with the "hoopla" while being poor with the details.
What you will hear in the video below from last night's City Council meeting is the City's fire marshal indicate that safety deficiencies were detected just last month, yet the new "Club" was slated to open in September! The City Council should not be responsible for putting out the fire at the eleventh hour. The Mayor and his management team dropped the ball again. This was the Mayor's idea, so why wasn't he closely monitoring the upgrades to this project and asking all of the pertinent questions along the way?
Here we have a "intergenerational" facility opening up and it's possibly unsafe. Because there is no sprinkler system currently installed, the maximum capacity cannot exceed 300 individuals. As a safety precaution, the city has to have a member of the fire department on hand to monitor as a "fire watcher" and make sure capacity does not exceed 300.
There were two other examples of department management deficiencies that took place last night at the City Council meeting that Warwick Watch will also be updating you about shortly.