Water damage, mold concerns prompt discussion for relocation of Williamsport City Hall

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WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — City officials in Williamsport have some concerns about the safety of City Hall. The building has had its share of problems throughout the years and now parts of it are deteriorating.

Mayor Derek Slaughter tells Eyewitness News, the rainstorm two weeks back created significant water damage to the building. Now, they are waiting on test results for air quality and mold.

Williamsport’s City Hall has been standing since the 1890s. Over the years it’s had several structural problems. Mayor Slaughter says now the damage has become too widespread.

“The roof started to leak, and the building took on significant water,” said Mayor Slaughter. “So, we had holes in the walls, we have mildew, mold all through the building. There’s about an inch of water in the one room.”

He also says there’s a foul odor primarily on the second floor. A private company came out on July 28th to assess potential health risks. The report hasn’t been released yet, but Mayor Slaughter says they’re prepared to relocate immediately.

“We have a plan to relocate some of the city offices to some of our city-owned buildings, including the police department. That way we can continue the city day-to-day operations,” said Mayor Slaughter.

One spot with visible damage is right down the hall on the third floor. There are drainage pipes in the walls from previous construction and now the structure is losing support.

“We’re at a point right now where we have to really make a decision. You can no longer sort of band-aid the issues,” says the mayor.

Mayor Slaughter says even if the report says the building is safe, they have to decide if the cost of repairs is less than relocating to another space.

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