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Urgent need to ventilate aerobic room, South Portland Community Center

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As students and teachers who dance and exercise in the Community Center's aerobic room, we ask for an immediate, professional solution to the long-standing problem of the completely inadequate system of cooling and ventilation. The floor fans in the room are NOT a solution to the problem. Air quality in the aerobic room is wildly inconsistent in all seasons. The temperature and air quality are reasonable on some days, but on the worst days, the heat is suffocating, and when mixed with the chlorine odor from the pool on the lower level, it creates so much discomfort that some students flee class. Both front-desk personnel and dance/exercise teachers have reported (for years!) that students who cannot bear the heat, or the fog of heat and chlorine that can't be dissipated, must stop taking classes in this room because it is simply too uncomfortable and obviously unhealthy. The need for an adequate solution to this problem is long overdue. A series of complaints over the last several years has not been met with appropriate action. Please bring the HVAC system in this room up to the same high HVAC standards as the rest of the Community Center building. By doing so, you will not only protect the health and comfort of those who regularly use this room, but attract and retain students who would otherwise not return to classes because of intolerable heat and poor air quality.


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