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Courthouse fire system fails another test

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Updated: 5/22/2013 11:40 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Action News has learned the courthouse fire system still has issues.

Director of Public Works Jim Robinson is defending the project. "Now we're down to just a few odds and ends," said Robinson. Action News uncovered new photos of the latest problems in the building, the fire doors that don't close.

The pictures were from the first annual fire test done earlier this month. Forty-five percent of the smoke systems failed. A second test was done Tuesday and there were more failures. "The few problems that remain have to do with the doors and pressure issues," said Robinson.

It means the courthouse is on a fire watch. Robinson says it's not uncommon. "All over town, public and private buildings, there are systems that just have challenges," said Robinson.

After barely a year, the systems are still failing. They're under warranty now, but a future failure will mean taxpayers foot the bill. We asked the director about whether he was worried about the future of the system. "We're getting what we paid for. It's ongoing maintenance. We'll have things come up," said Robinson.

Turner Construction sent us a statement that read in part, "The systems have been designed, installed and inspected in collaboration with the city and we are confident that with proper maintenance they will continue to perform as certified by testing prior to the courthouse opening last year."

We're told the problems are being fixed this week. The courthouse does not have to go through another test.

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ardeliachichi - 5/23/2013 1:46 PM
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.... If it were someone small business they were trying to open it would have never opened :-/

Fred Thompson - 5/23/2013 12:01 PM
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Bill the tax payers?? for inadequite primary inspections!! NO!! You bill Turner construction for every failer and modifecation needed. Now I'd start to question the structural integrity of the whole building!! Dam these city fools.

TOMMY - 5/23/2013 6:09 AM
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Wait, how many millions more do we need to pump into the courthouse, lets cut more teachers, police and firemen. Lets give the judges more benefits,pay and new furniture for thier office and we can have the personal trainers come to their office and workout with them, yea!
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