The Redevelopment Agency Monday voted 4 to 1, with Richard Brundo dissenting, to spend up to $28,000 on a coring survey of City Hall and Fire Station 1 to determine the buildings' ability to withstand earthquakes.
The study will involve drilling small holes in the buildings to extract samples of building materials for analysis by private structural engineers. It will take about two months, said Richard Miyahira, a city building inspector.
Results of the survey will also dictate the resale value of the buildings if the city decides to build a new city hall and fire station, said Jody Hall-Esser, the city Community Development Director.
A survey of the buildings by the Los Angeles-based Taubman & Associates found that neither would be able to withstand an earthquake of 6.0 magnitude on the Richter scale. Although the study was conducted in April, it was not released to the public until last week.