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City Addresses Water Issues at 1926 Building
October 13 2016

Some small measures soon will be taken to help stop moisture from entering into Chillicothe City Hall, and an engineer soon will be drawing up detailed specifications for a more extensive solution. City Administrator Ike Holland discussed the condition of the 1926 City Hall building during the city council's regular meeting Monday evening, October 10, at City Hall. He presented the findings of a walk-through evaluation conducted by an engineer with Allstate Consultants, LLC. Moisture staining and damage was observed on the ceiling at several locations within the building, including the upper level stairway and in the auditorium, and mold growth was evident in the auditorium. Several areas were identified as having cracks and mortar degradation.

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Chuck Greever, city code enforcement/inspector, also was on hand Monday evening to provide information. Holland stated that the city will immediately address some small needs and that an engineer will draw up specifics for masonry work. "There are some small things the city will get fixed with local contractors," Holland said. "We hope to have some of those things fixed within the next week or two." Overall, the roof appeared to be in good condition, the consultant stated in the report. The primary cause of the observed moisture damage inside the building appeared to have been caused by degraded upper cornices. The consultants issued a recommendation and stated that repairs to the structure should be completed by a qualified contractor with experience working with masonry buildings of this type.

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