Columbus city leaders meet to discuss Ralston Towers next step

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UPDATE: Representatives for the Ralston Towers will soon go before a judge to defend the property against two dozen safety code violations.

The Columbus Office of Building Inspections and Code is monitoring the Ralston for a laundry list of issues. The issues included outdated fire alarms to un-liveable units without proper heating and air conditioning.

The Inspections and Code Director brought his findings before City Council Tuesday, January 9th. He says the property is constantly balancing on the brink of coming into compliance and being shut down.

We talk to them and say, hey we need an update on this, we need an update, and when it gets to the point of where there’s not much I have left to do but the opportunity to shut them down. I hate to keep going. You know, I hate to keep crying wolf as if we’re not going to shut them down, but they do eventually come into compliance. But like I said at the expense of what? You know, how many people have left because they cannot live there any more due to the conditions.” – John Hudgison, Director, CCG Building Inspections and Code Enforcment

The court date for the Ralston Towers Representatives to defend their case against the citations will be Wednesday, January 17th.


UPDATE:

City leaders are preparing to meet with the Columbus City Council Tuesday, January 9th to discuss the next step for the Ralston Towers.

The City of Columbus gave the owners until January 8th to have, at least, a temporary fix in place so all residents could have water and heat.

News 3 checked in following that deadline and was told by a Codes and Inspection employee that no information could be given before the January 9th City Council meeting.

Last week the department of housing and urban development declared a portion of the Towers unsafe and ordered temporary evacuations.

Monday, January 8th the county coroner was at the Ralston to investigate a death.

We are told the death was due to natural causes.


(ORIGINAL STORY)

COLUMBUS, Ga (WRBL) — The city’s deadline for owners of Ralston Towers to have heat and hot water working in all rooms of its facility is Monday, January 8th.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development got involved last week and declared a portion of the towers unsafe and ordered temporary evacuations.

The city set January 8th as the deadline for owners to have at least a temporary fix in place to secure the heat and hot water to residents without it until more extensive repairs can be made.

Last week, the owners of the building put residents in a unit without them in hotel rooms while working to bring the rooms up to code.

A city inspector is expected to return to the Ralston sometime Monday, January 8th.

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