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Paul Rolly: Renovated State Capitol needs a massive face lift

Published July 11, 2013 6:15 pm

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Five years after the completion of the $232 million renovation of the Utah Capitol, approximately 65,000 square feet of tile installed during the project must be ripped out and replaced.

Allison Gamble, executive director of the Capitol Preservation Board, said the tile throughout the Capitol began chipping and cracking. After examining the problem, consultants decided the tile must be ripped out and replaced.

She said state officials are negotiating with insurance companies and the contractors who renovated the Capitol in 2008 — a collaboration of the Jacobsen and Hunt construction companies, to replace the tile, a multimillion-dollar redo.

The contractors are "committed to doing the right thing," Gamble said. "Everyone who worked on this project are truly heartsick, but all the consultants agree the tile must be replaced." She added she is confident it will not cost taxpayers more money.

The work will begin right after the completion of the 2014 general session of the Legislature, she said.

Mayor to the rescue • About 40 people were seated and ready to observe the wedding of a couple — Colby and Josie — last Saturday at the Wadley Farms Reception Center in Lindon.

But as the bride prepared to walk down the aisle, everyone noticed a glaring problem.

The judge they arranged to perform the wedding was not there.

Turns out he had forgotten all about it.

In a panic, members of the wedding party began knocking on doors in the neighborhood, hoping to find a Mormon bishop to perform the ceremony. They found the local bishop, but he said he was authorized only to perform weddings for members of his ward.

As the panic intensified, the bishop called the cellphone of Lindon Mayor Jim Dain, who was driving back from St. George but said he would get there as soon as he could.

Soon, the mayor entered the reception center — on crutches.

He explained he recently had knee surgery and apologized. He then performed the wedding, much to the relief of everybody.

A sobering exercise • The State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is conducting a survey of store managers and other personnel to determine how good a job the new DABC administration is doing.

I predict the administration will get a glowing recommendation from the employees.

Why?

They have to sign and date and survey, and list which store in the system they manage.

The first question asks if department and division management demonstrate high ethical standards. The respondents' choices are strongly agree, agree, disagree, strongly disagree and don't know.

The second question asks if department and division management strive to comply with the laws and regulations affecting the DABC.

While this is for the internal auditor, the signed surveys will be mailed to the DABC with the payroll documents, which are opened by a staffer at the DABC and possibly subject to eyes in management.

I wonder if the high ratings surely to come from the signed surveys will lead to bonuses for management?

prolly@sltrib.com