Water damages repaired from burst pipe at Tallmadge City Hall

by Holly Schoenstein | reporter Published:

Tallmadge -- Work to repair water damage to the first floor of City Hall wrapped up last week.

During the first of the cold spells in early January, a pipe burst in the building and flooded one-third of the lower level of the building with 2 inches of water, according to Public Service Director Bryan Esler. The offices for the information technology, planning and zoning and public service departments, as well as a conference and lunch rooms, were affected.

Esler said the repairs began the day after the pipe burst, and most of the work was done on weekends so workers at the city weren't disturbed. Drywall, insulation and carpeting was replaced, but no damage was done to furniture or computers.

"We're lucky [the flooding] didn't get high enough to do anything like that," he said about more expensive property damage.

Esler estimated the cost of the repairs will exceed $20,000, and the amount the city's insurance company will pay has yet to be determined. The city's general fund will cover the costs of the repairs that the insurance company won't pay for.

The carpeting throughout the first floor of City Hall was scheduled to be replaced this spring anyway at a cost of $56,000, Esler said.

Contact this reporter at 330-541-9428 or hschoenstein@recordpub.com

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