The Port Townsend City Council has approved $25,000 for fire-alarm equipment at the Mountain View pool. (Peninsula Daily News file)

The Port Townsend City Council has approved $25,000 for fire-alarm equipment at the Mountain View pool. (Peninsula Daily News file)

Extra funds needed for safety sensors at Mountain View

Port Townsend City Council approves $25,000 for final improvements to project

PORT TOWNSEND — The city’s Mountain View project needs a final piece of safety equipment before it can pass inspection.

The Port Townsend City Council authorized an additional $25,000 during a special business meeting last week to finance the design, purchase and installation of fire-alarm equipment at the Mountain View pool.

Failed inspection

A crawl space between the ceiling and roof from the locker room to the pool had not been part of the original drawings and failed a fire inspection June 10, said Alex Wisniewski, the city’s director for parks, recreation and community services.

“They historically did not have alarms or scent detectors in them,” Wisniewski said about the crawl space.

“Therefore, they were not part of the improvement for the fire alarm system replacement.”

$40,000 approved

The council approved $40,000 on May 3 for the installation of the fire alarm system. Wisniewski said that project is now complete; however, the current fire code requires the crawl space to have either heat detectors or smoke alarms, he said.

Council member David Faber questioned the cost of the system, and Wisniewski confirmed it’s hard-wired with two connecting buildings, although they have separate alarms.

The expected work above the pool will be similar to the classroom building, Wisniewski said.

“The additional sensors we had to do there were down the corridor above the drop ceiling,” he said.

“This is a very similar situation, but the square footage above the ceiling is rather significant. It expands from one side of the building to the other above the locker rooms, from the lobby to the pool, so it’s rather large.”

Unanimous vote

The resolution passed 6-0, with council member Amy Howard excused.

Wisniewski said this is the last item on the agenda for the Mountain View construction project.


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