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Damage To WI Capitol Could Cost $7.5M

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

State says damage to marble at Capitol could hit $7.5 million

By Don Walker of the Journal Sentinel

March 3, 2011

Madison – State officials said Thursday that damage to the marble inside and out the State Capitol would cost an estimated $7.5 million.

Cari Anne Renlund, chief legal counsel for the state Department of Administration, said in Dane County court that estimates of damage to marble includes $6 million to repair damaged marble inside the Capitol, $1 million for damage outside and $500,000 for costs to supervise the damage.

Much of the damage apparently has come from tape used to put up signs and placards at the Capitol.

It was not immediately clear how the estimates were made, though the state is apparently relying on opinions by historical architects, one of whom works for the U.S. Park Service.

One concern is the residue from tape that the state says is causing damage to stone and other surfaces inside the Capitol.

Michele Curran, an architectural historian for the National Parks Service who coordinates national historic landmarks in Wisconsin, said she didn’t know how the state had arrived at its damage figures.

She said certain kinds of tape can leave lasting residues on surfaces such as marble or wood if they are improperly removed. But she said only a professional cleaning service experienced in such work and familiar with the situation in the state Capitol could estimate any possible costs.

“They need a quote from a company that specializes in cleaning historic surfaces,” Curran said.

Many of the papers and banners posted in the state Capitol were put up using painter’s tape, which is employed to minimize effects on walls.

Note that the "residue from tape" is listed as just "one concern." And is probably one of the lesser concerns. Although removing tape from old marble is not as easy a many people seem to think.

But the article seizes upon this one aspect, to try to imply that the estimates are grossly inflated.

However, we suspect there may be more damage besides tape residue, such actual scratching and chipping of the marble. As well as other damage done to the antique walls and floors. Besides, just cleaning up the building and restoring its grounds after such prolonged abuse would be quite expensive, from our experience.

In any case, the bill should be sent to the leaders of the public sector unions. Or at to the judge who ruled that the protestors could not be barred from the capitol building.

But of course the Wisconsin taxpayers will end up footing the bill.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, March 4th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Damage To WI Capitol Could Cost $7.5M”

  1. proreason says:

    They warned the governor that there might be problems if he continued defying the will of 10% of the state. This is the least of.

  2. Mithrandir says:

    I am just wondering who is going to be the 1st Wisconsin Republican to totally cave in?

    It always happens, the Democrats act like babies, dig their heels in, and someone has to break ranks among the Republicans, act like an adult, and compromise. Usually someone who is in a purple area will cave, so that they can please everyone, and use it as fuel for a self-preserving re-election:

    1. I broke ranks with my own party to…..
    2. I brokered the deal that brought to an end the impass….
    3. I am my own person, and will do what is right for my district, regardless of party affiliation….

    —when you think about it, is the surest way to NOT get re-elected, by being a spineless wimp.

  3. GizmoJones says:

    What nonsense.

    Within moments of the Walker administration announcing that the that the Capitol had enduring $7.5 million in damage, protesters had put up a Facebook page announcing that they would clean up the space themselves. Then workers from the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 7 called the damage estimate “another gross overreach” and volunteered to clean up any thing that needed cleaning up: http://tinyurl.com/4nv3vcc

    The next day, the Wisconsin Department of Administration back-pedaled with this compelling statement: “It could very easily be seven and a half million if there is damage that has occurred that we are unaware of.” In other words, there didn’t seem to be any expensive damage, but if there WERE expensive damage, cleaning it up could be expensive: http://tinyurl.com/62ysuwh

    The protesters were extremely respectful of their House and everything in it (http://tinyurl.com/6h3zfm3).

    Here’s a statement from the state in one of the local Madison papers the next day: “On Friday, the Division of State Facilities had two stonemasons go through the Capitol’s second floor, where the majority of protest signs that once papered the walls have been removed, assessing what would be involved in the cleanup. The walls and railings had little visible signs of discoloration. One of the masons was observed wiping off adhesive residue on a marble railing. Using a water-based solvent called Marbleous, the mason was able to wipe the mark clear within minutes, with no lasting mark remaining.” (http://tinyurl.com/49n2cke)

    Most of the surfaces in the Capitol are made of marble, and the protesters took care to use special low-adhesive tape. The only woodwork that might have been damaged would have been the building’s window frames. But that damage wouldn’t have been the work of the protesters. In an effort to smoke the protesters out of the building, Governor Walker had all of the first and second floor restroom windows bolted shut and then the bolt heads lopped off, so nobody could pass food through the windows to the protesters. (http://tinyurl.com/4adlb8h) The fire department didn’t like this very much.

    • proreason says:

      Time now for a cigarette

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Yes, it’s important to get wrapped around the axle about did/did not mess up the capital building. The issue is public sector unions.

      I’ve no doubt that the desire is to make sure they look as squeaky clean to the left as possible and as scroungy to the right as possible. I don’t care. I want them to acknowledge that public sector unions have, for years been taking advantage of sucking money away from taxpayers and returning said proceeds by allowing kids to graduate from high school who cannot read. By their own admission, ~3/4 of them cannot read at a proficient level. How is this worthy of high pay and benefits? How is it that teachers who abandon their students and cause school closings justify that? Because they are being told they have to pay more for their benefits? Well, wahhhhh. Time for the free ride to end. You’ve snookered the taxpayers into a corner and now there is no more money. The state is broke. Walker is simply doing what the public wanted him to do.

      And GJ, nice robot-posting that has appeared all over the blogs in the past few days. Hope the tax dollars you get to do this kind of “work” is worth it. Hope you enjoy your socialist utopia. Lord knows we need more “thinkers” like you.

  4. canary says:

    Heck of lot more than tape, which is not simple to remove and very timely to remove.

    Start with “billing” Wisconsin Professional Police Association boss Jim Palmer who ordered the police to refuse orders to make squatters leave Sunday night so they could clean.
    condoms, doors and windows banged on, a stench to remove.

    Whats there to lose in suing the unions for vandalism. Another protest? Hit them in their pockets that feed Obama. Deter the animals from spreading their filth.


    ……But the state police union sent out an alert urging its members not to comply with the orders, and to join the squatters instead.

    Wisconsin Professional Police Association boss Jim Palmer in a statement. “That is why we have stood with our fellow employees each day and why we will be sleeping among them tonight.”

    Sources inside the Capitol have reported mountains of trash, shouting, banging on drums, intimidation, and even protestors banging on legislators’ doors and windows. Vandalism has also been a problem, with some use of profanity as well. The words “F*** Walker” can even be seen in a Capitol-building bathroom scrawled in black marker in a picture obtained by The New American.

    “The cleaning crew informed me that they had to remove condoms recently from the restrooms.”

    Signs and placards, often including violent rhetoric, have been taped all over the walls inside the recently renovated Capitol. And the building has also reportedly developed quite a “stench,” …

    A communist propaganda outlet called the Red Ant Liberation Army quoted one of its “allies” inside the Capitol as events with the police unfolded. “Hundreds of cops have just marched into the Wisconsin state capitol building to protest…

    Watch a video posted by the communist source of what appears to be a police officer shouting through a bullhorn in the Capitol:

    Brian Austin, a Madison police officer and executive board member of the union, spoke with the Chicago Tribune about his decision to join the protestors in the Capitol building Sunday night….”… I’m a parent,” he told the paper.

    Out-of-state police-union bosses have also expressed solidarity with government-employee protestors. The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police, for example,…

    Photo: Police officers walk around the rotunda holding protest signs at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011: AP Images


    • preparing4theworst says:

      “The cleaning crew…had to remove condoms..”, Is it, a) being rowdy and being randy go hand in hand, or b) what happens at the sit-in stays at the sit-in, or maybe some of both? Kind of illustrates the character and self-control of this group huh?

  5. preparing4theworst says:

    Oh yeah, think we could get someone to look this group over and check birth rates say about late November or early December??…..but wait these are probably mostly pro-choice-ers so there will not be any stats to look at….

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