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July 4, 2022 from Jutta to Rec supervisor Anthony DeLaurentis

I'd like to address the cob kitchen problems, most immediately the gaps in the shingles (16 gaps open to rain).

Peter White sent his carpenter to put on brand new high-quality shingles in September 2020. The carpenter did a great job but last year's homeless encampments more or less wrecked it, and the damage is still ongoing.

I am told that Mayssan, the only person left on your PT staff who has been doing repairs on the cob over the years, can't do even small patches now because she does not wish to share her vaccination status with the city. City policy will not let her have any shifts.

kids cobbing, 2005

However, Mayssan is willing to help us on Thursday to tarp the many gaps. As the next step, please connect me to whoever at Parks will be in charge of repairs -- it's time to strategize together about replacing the tempting wooden shingles with red asphalt shingles that won't be usable for fires.

The community cob kitchen was built with the help of almost 500 community volunteers over three months (in 2005), including children. It was plumbed and wired by city electricians and plumbers. It should not be allowed to deteriorate to the point where it has to be demolished.

July 17, 2022, from Jutta

Dear Anthony, There is a new wave of new graffiti on the cob kitchen walls that needs quick removal. Recreation staff knew how to remove such graffiti fairly easily but none of those staff may be left now. I have copied Mayssan on this -- hopefully she can track down the formula for the special coating that's needed.

Since this part of the cob is a favourite place for children to play, it would be good to remove this fast.





July 18, 2022, from rec supervisor Anthony Delaurentis

Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I will connect with parks regarding removal.

July 21, 2022

Thank you Anthony. Hi Jonathan, -- it would be a good idea for Parks to be in touch directly to share their plans for fixing the cob problems that we have raised. It just takes a few minutes to coordinate approaches and make sure that a sudden problem e.g graffiti is not turned into a long term problem, e.g. by using plain paint overtop of the membrane.

July 25, 2022 -- site meeting with Grant Drygas (general supervisor of West Parks) and Jonathan Larkin (supervisor of Ward 9 parks)
July 29, 2022, from Jutta

cob tarped and plastering begun

major plastering repairs happened this afternoon, involving children as well as adults. If the city's graffiti removal staff can help by removing (sanding off) the paint that they used to paint over the graffiti, the lime wash can be applied instead.


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