Over the next several days, Williamsport City Hall will relocate all of its departments to other buildings as water damage and mold from recent storms infests the building.
After recent thunderstorms increased water leaks and created a foul odor in the build, an analysis of water leakage and poor air quality in Williamsport City Hall by a third-party company recommended that about 25% of the building be temporarily evacuated.
However, according to Mayor Derek Slaughter, because the HVAC system is providing poor air quality to the entire building, all of the staff will be temporarily relocated.
“As offices are temporarily relocated, we will make sure to put out a list to let the public know the location of each City office,” Slaughter said. “The offices will start to move over the next several days.”
Phone numbers for each city department will remain the same.
City Hall is no stranger to water leaks. The building has been in need of repairs for years and a recent assessment of the over 100-year-old building showed the cost of repairs could range from $500,000 to $5 million.
The City Council and the administration recently decided not to move from the building to a new location, but instead to fix the issues with the existing structure.
The bulk of the problems consist of providing proper ADA access, fixing leaks in the roof, renovating the bathrooms and so on.