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Mayor requests extension for relocating City Hall workers

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The city Bureau of Codes and city police patrol division are the two departments that remain in condemned and largely closed City Hall.

Mayor Derek Slaughter said Monday that he would ask for a brief extension.

A target date of Monday was set two weeks ago by the codes department, and while it was missed, offices and rooms are not quite prepared for the relocation of codes and patrol.

“We are transitioning people out of City Hall,” Slaughter said. “I will ask Joseph Gerardi, city codes administrator, since, technically, he is the person in charge of the condemnation, for a brief extension.”

Gerardi said he ordered the condemnation due to the formation of mold following water damage from a roof that leaked during summer storms in July.

Codes employees remained in their offices Monday, and the building’s side door was open to the public in need of permits or to discuss issues with codes officers.

The codes offices will be at restored rooms at River Valley Transit, 1500 W. Third St., which is being prepared for the buildings and property codes enforcement employees this week.

“We are putting a fresh coat of paint on the rooms,” said Adam Winder, general manager of River Valley Transit.

The police patrol division picture remains fluid and not completed, Slaughter said.

He said he and Chief of Police Justin Snyder are reviewing what are the best options.

Slaughter declined to specify what they would be until they are completed.

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