City Hall reopens after day-and-a-half closure; Electrical systems restored and most employees return to regular offices
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 4, 2018
City Hall is opening for regular business at noon on Thursday after crews worked around-the-clock to repair and restore electrical systems damaged when a 2-inch fire suppression water line broke.
Employees were notified late Thursday morning that they could return to their regular work areas. Departments at City Hall have contingency plans that allow them to operate remotely, mainly at other city facilities. That was the case all day Wednesday and most of Thursday.
City Planning and Development will remain at the Health Department on 2400 Troost through Thursday before resuming a regular schedule at City Hall on Friday. Walk-in customers can come to the Health Department location through 4 p.m. to apply for planning permits, submit planning and zoning applications and attend scheduled Express Plan Review.
The problem began late Tuesday when a 2-inch fire suppression line broke between the lobby and basement, causing significant flooding. Electrical transformer equipment was soaked and had to be dried out and restarted before employees could safely return.
“I appreciate the good work by our General Services Department staff to handle the repairs and cleanup so that this old building could get back up and running,” City Manager Troy Schulte said. “And I thank all our employees who quickly implemented the continuity of operations plans, set up shop in alternate locations and kept services available for residents.”