By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Town Hall will be closed for repairs due to a massive water leak that occurred during the early morning hours of Feb. 12.
Groveport Community Affairs Director Linda Haley said the building could be closed possibly through March while repairs are made.
The leak, believed to be from a water pipe in an air handler unit located in the attic of Groveport Town Hall, resulted in 1,159 gallons of water pouring through the interior of the northeast part of the 138-year-old building, which is located at 648 Main St.
“It will be at least a week until we can put together a full report on what happened and assess the full extent of the damage,” said Groveport Director of Facilities Management Tom Byrne. “We have to look into the walls and ceilings to see the amount of saturation.”
The water damaged walls, ceilings, plaster, carpeting, floors, office equipment, lighting, holiday decorations, and office paperwork and materials on all three floors and in the basement in the rear portion of the building.
The front portions of the building did not appear to sustain any visible damage. Also, the artifacts and archival items in the Groveport Heritage Museum, which is located on the first floor of the building, were not damaged.
Groveport City Administrator Marsha Hall said the amount of dollar damage caused by the leak has not yet been determined.
Groveport Town Hall will remain closed while the damage is assessed and repairs are made. Haley said Town Hall staff will be relocated to the library at KidSpace, 630 Wirt Road.
“The extent of the necessary repairs made it a good idea to relocate the staff while the work is being done,” said Haley.
Groveport Town Hall is normally open seven days a week and is generally a busy place. It is a site for art classes, general classes, exhibitions, group meetings, concerts, plays, dancing, civic meetings, weddings, parties, baby and wedding showers, and more.
Haley said efforts are being made to shift programs and events normally held at Town Hall to other area facilities until repairs are completed. She said some other events and programs may be cancelled.
“There’s considerable damage, but it could have been a lot worse,” said Byrne. “We want to be sure to preserve the historical integrity of the building.”