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Miami Civic Center Building Repair Needs

The recent ice and snow has caused the roof to leak more than usual, making for poor work conditions.
MIAMI, OK.--- Plans to relocate Miami City Hall are put on the back burner. The city manager wanted to move city offices out of the Civic Center due to several problems with the building. That will not happen any time soon. City workers went in front of the council earlier this week to ask for a fast solution to this hazardous problem.
                    
"City hall was something that was built back in the 50's and 60's. It's a very old building," said Amanda Davis, Miami Communications Director. 

The recent ice and snow has caused the roof to leak more than usual, making for poor work conditions. Water is dripping from pipes throughout the building. Buckets all around, from the city attorney's office to the Civic Center's gym.

"We're to the point right now that we don't have a choice but to get something done and to take action," said Davis. 

A couple of weeks ago, the Miami City Council approved for staff to look for a new building to house city hall. The extent of the roof damage caused council members to think twice and instead opt for a temporary fix. 

"Hiring an architect to go ahead and run numbers to figure out what the total cost would be, what they'd be looking at, so it is in progress," said Davis.  

It's unsure when the architects will have a figure or when roof repairs will begin.

"Hopefully, it's fairly quick. I think they know the urgency that the city has in getting this issue fixed and moving forward. So, hopefully we see something very soon," said Davis. 

It is unclear when city leaders will revisit the idea of finding a new home for city hall. Now, plans to relocate the police department, which is also located at the Civic Center, are still in full swing.

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