Ralston Towers residents upset over conditions; code inspection deadline approaches

The Ralston Towers in Uptown Columbus. (Source: Parker Branton/WTVM)
The Ralston Towers in Uptown Columbus. (Source: Parker Branton/WTVM)
(Source: Chandler Morgan/WTVM)
(Source: Chandler Morgan/WTVM)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Residents of the Ralston Towers apartments in Uptown Columbus say conditions are not improving.

"Unsanitary places throughout the building," explains three-year resident, Ricky Talley. "There are holes in the ceiling where there are exposed wires and exposed pipes. They are not doing anything about that."

This is after the Muscogee County Coroner's Office confirmed a former resident of the apartments died from heat related conditions in their unit on July 6, 2017, with temperatures reaching 98 degrees.

At the time, a majority of the residents reported their air conditioning units were broken. But Talley says including the air conditioning, conditions haven't improved.

"It really is frustrating because I thought, and so did a lot of residents, once it was put out there and the city actually knew what was going on, that they would actually follow up on it," says Talley.

"There are leaks all over the building," says Talley. "There's one hallway where the water is actually leaking through the light fixture...which could spark and cause a fire here."

According to Columbus Building Inspections and Code Enforcement Director John Hudgison, the tower's original deadline was August 21 for the complex to bring their fire alarm system up to code standards.

Hudgison says the Ralston's owners have a contract with Columbus Fire and Safety Equipment Inc. CFS applied for an extended deadline on the repairs.

Hudgison says the extended deadline leaves the management and company until November 30 to make the necessary repairs.

Hudgison gave this timeline for a break down of completion:

  • style="color:#1F497D;margin-left:0in;">(July - Middle September): Installing all conduit, fire alarm cabling and panels will be completed.
  • style="color:#1F497D;margin-left:0in;">(Middle September - Middle November): Installation of fire alarm devices will be completed.
  • style="color:#1F497D;margin-left:0in;">(Middle November - End of November): Build and wire up all panels, program panels, pre-test system and final test with Fire Marshal.

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