Some city council members are concerned about the recent repair job on the exterior of the Triangle Cultural Center, with one alderman calling the work "shabby."
During the recent Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, Alderman Ron Johnson brought the discussion of the center's exterior wall repair job to the table.
"To tell you the truth, that is some shabby work," Johnson said. "The whole building is going to fall down. I want to get it fixed as soon as possible."
Mayor Diane Delaware said the project is only in its first stage. She said the board will need to accept bids for the second phase or declare an emergency.
Last April, the city council awarded the first phase of the Triangle project to Allen Ramsay with Historical Renovations of Yazoo Inc. in the amount of $8,750. The project included the installation of shoring at all three floors on the interior to prevent floors from collapsing, removing the existing HVAC equipment next to the exterior wall, repairing the gutters at the roof to prevent further water intrusion and shoring up the exterior windows.
"What did we pay (Allen) Ramsey to do," asked Alderman Sir Johnathan Rucker. "It cost $8,000 to put up two-by-fours?"
Delaware said the project was intended to stabilize walls.
"There are two walls, and we discovered that the brick wall is really not the wall holding the Triangle up," Delaware said. "According to the architect and engineer, the bricks falling down are not going to cause the building to fall down."
"In other words, the skeleton is there," Johnson added. "But the meat is falling off."
Rucker said if the city was going to continue to have problems at the Triangle, he suggested donating or bidding the building out to another private organization.
"It looks like it has and it will cost the city a lot of money," Rucker said. "Let somebody else get that building so that we don't have the expense because we are paying a lot into a building that we are really not getting a whole lot of use of as far as the city."
"But all cities need to have a cultural center and places of pride," Delaware replied.
Delaware added that the city has not spent a lot of money on the center. She also said a quote for the second phase of repairs will be presented at the next city council meeting.
The center’s interior is also in dire need of repair.
Water leaks, floor and ceiling damage and major flooding within the basement are just a few concerns within the historic building, which is also included on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Sam Olden Historical Museum is one of the major attractions within the Triangle Cultural Center. However, many of those historic artifacts are being damaged due to water leaks and portions of the ceiling collapsing. Portions of the ceiling are hanging with damaged tiles. The artifacts under those damaged portions are being trenched with water.
The Yazoo Historical Society manages the museum, but the repairs and maintenance within it falls upon the city of Yazoo City, according to Society members.
The William Duke Carter Collection of Antique Tools is also housed within the basement of the Triangle Cultural Center. The collection, which was donated to the city, holds a multitude of historic tools and farming equipment. Due to major flooding within the basement, the tools are being damaged. Most, if not all, are beginning to cover in rust from the water damage.