City offices out, next step comes to West Lafayette City Hall

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The doors are locked and that may be good news for West Lafayette city employees.

The doors are locked at the city hall building on Navajo Street, ending a search lasting several weeks to relocate all city offices after mold was discovered which stemmed from two burst water pipes.

The next step is to determine the severity of the mold problem.

“The next step is to get a group in there to go and do an overview of the entire building to find out the scope of the problem, then to make recommendations as to what the remediation process would be and give us some costs so we have a better understanding of what our choices are,” West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis said.

Dennis hopes to get a crew inside city hall as soon as next week. First an agreement needs to be approved by either the board of works or redevelopment commission.

“One thing we know for sure is the longer that building sits idle the worse the problem is going to get,” Dennis said.

The doors on West Lafayette City Hall may be locked, but something that is open, the drop box at the Navajo Street location.

“We check it every morning to make sure people who are paying their bills get credit for doing so,” Dennis said.

Just like any move, it has cost money. Dennis said the city has spent money to make sure all technology works at the new locations as it did on Navajo Street. An exact figure for the move is still being calculated.

For a list of new locations for city offices, click here.

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