Plea made for repairs to West Jeff’s Galbreath Hall

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Messenger photo by Kristy Zurbrick Organizers of youth athletics programs in West Jefferson say Galbreath Hall is in desperate need of repairs.
Messenger photo by Kristy Zurbrick
Organizers of youth athletics programs in West Jefferson say Galbreath Hall is in desperate need of repairs.

By Sandi Latimer, Staff Writer

Members of the West Jefferson Youth Athletic Association (WJYAA) approached West Jefferson Council Feb. 17, asking for repairs to Galbreath Hall, home of youth athletic programs in the area.

 “Twice this winter, pipes have frozen,” said WJYAA board member Herman Stanley.

Stanley said association representatives had met with village parks and recreation leaders about their “wish list,” which includes improvements to the heating system.

 “But we heard the village was going to condemn the building,” he said.

 “That’s the first time I’ve heard that,” said Ron Garver, council president.

Parks and Recreation Director Dave Metzger said that two of the building’s three furnaces failed a gas company inspection and he wants gas and carbon monoxide detectors installed. Stanley asked for storm windows to be installed.

Stanley also requested an inspection by a structural engineer to determine the safety of the building.

 “There is no money in the budget for a structural engineer,” Metzger replied.

 “If we don’t do something, we’re going to start losing kids,” Stanley protested.

Metzger and several council members said that in recent years there have been discussions about the building’s future and even the idea of constructing a new one.

 “We have to take care of taxpayers’ dollars,” Garver said.

Galbreath Hall is located at 33 S. Center St. in West Jefferson.

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