|Jan Ellison says:
As you know, the Conservatory
had an extreme heating problem last Sunday in
the Fernery and was featured on Channel 2 News
and in the Detroit News. The heat never got much
better. The Fernery went down to 24 degrees
Sunday night freezing several ferns.
Additionally, there was a whole pane of glass
out and one broken and one slipped. The air from
the missing pane was literally moving the big
tree ferns and had burned their leaves.
Last night at 3 AM, I got a call from Peter
Thiede saying there was no heat at all, and he
could not get into the Golightly greenhouses. I
went down to Belle Isle where Peter had been
searching for leaks. There were none in those
greenhouses or anywhere else that he could find.
I then went back again today. I authorized by
executive decision (ask for forgiveness, not
permission) the rental of 21 heaters and propane
for the greenhouses from Propane Services in
Taylor. The City ordered four huge kerosene
heaters and several 55 gallon drums of kerosene
for the Conservatory which arrived late this
afternoon. Brad Dick, Deputy Director of General
Services, came out, after the inauguation this
morning, to direct the operation.
Additionally, I contacted Steve Turner who
pruned the palms. He came out today and was able
to put plexiglass in the missing window by using
ropes and ladders. I also authorized this due to
the emergency nature of that problem. There were
two inches of snow on the plants below this open
Later this afternoon, Dave from Great Lakes
Power (the company that did the heating pipe in
the greenhouse for us in late 2008) came out to
try to find the leak. When I left at 6:00 they
were still looking for it. Propane Services who
arrived around 3:30 were still bringing in the
propane as I walked out of the door. Steve
Weaver is working all night tonight to monitor
the heaters. Bill Horman stopped by this evening
to help Steve keep the heaters full of fuel.
This evening around 9:30, I got a call from
Peter to say that the heat is back on. Dave
found the leak which was under the sidewalk in
Greenhouse 1. They isolated this, turned on the
water and the heat started up. Everything will
begin to normalize by morning except for the
greenhouses around this leak. They will still
need some heaters for those houses.
I will keep you posted if anything else occurs.
I hope that this is the end of it. It really
looked for awhile that we were going to lose