City May Scrap Current City Hall For New One 5-24-2011 - WNEM TV 5

City May Scrap Current City Hall For New One 5-24-2011

The city of Saginaw has passed its budget, but one issue remains unresolved -- and that's what to do about City Hall.
The building is 75 years old, and it's costing thousands of dollars just for the upkeep. Soon the city council could decide whether to fund major repairs or if they should just build a new city hall.
Parts of the ceiling were scattered all over the floor, with water all around. City Hall employees said the leaky roof is a reoccurring problem in the building.
Saginaw city employee Dennis Jordan told TV5 all about it. “January 2, when we came back after the holidays, this whole ceiling had fallen in,” said Jordan. “I think we had about 15 buckets on the floor, trying to catch the different water spots.”
For now, whenever there's a problem, the city patches it up and moves on.
“We're beyond paint up, fix up, we can't do that anymore,” said Saginaw City Council Member Paul Virciglio.
Soon the city council will have to take a serious look at what to do and it could mean a major overhaul or even building a new city hall.
TV5’s Liz Gelardi saw firsthand on the second floor just how easy it is to see some of the issues with the building. Just looking up at the ceiling, water damage is plainly visible where paint is chipped off.
“It may be that the cost to repair that building would be prohibitive and then the council is going to have to make the tough decision,” said Virciglio.
The city is waiting for a study to show the most cost-efficient solution. Those results are due sometime in late July. Until then, employees like Jordan are hoping the leaks don’t happen again.
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