‘Nothing is off the table’: City Hall repairs could be extensive

“Nothing is off the table” when it comes to repairs to Williamsport City Hall’s ongoing water issues, according to Mayor Derek Slaughter. 

Final estimates have yet to be given for repairs to the historic building, but Slaughter said he has heard a range between a couple hundred thousand and millions of dollars in repairs, of the the biggest repairs being to replace the roof. 

Repairs could range from replacing old pipes and the roof to simply finding a new building, Slaughter said.

City  employees have until Sept. 3 to vacate the building and occupy various offices throughout the Trade and Transit buildings on West Third Street (which the city also owns) or River Valley Transit.

The city administration and council members will soon need to decide how to fund repairs to the historic building.

Slaughter said the departments in the third and second floors will be moved first as they were affected most by the water damage. 

Leaks and mold in City Hall are nothing new. The building has been steadily degrading into disarray for at least 30 years, according to Slaughter.

“As with any issues, especially surrounding water, it just gets progressively worse,” Slaughter said. “We have to determine what is our best path forward, both logistically and financially.” 

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  • Anne Reiner has been a journalist for over eight years. She lives in Lycoming County and founded On the PULSE to create a new and engaging way to bring local news to the region of Northcentral, Pennsylvania.

Anne Reiner

Anne Reiner has been a journalist for over eight years. She lives in Lycoming County and founded On the PULSE to create a new and engaging way to bring local news to the region of Northcentral, Pennsylvania.