Warren Town Hall to close at times or use alternative site in aftermath of building fall

The Warren Town Hall will close or operate out of an alternate location at times over the next month as stabilization and cleanup continues in the aftermath of a parade day building collapse.

While the town hall may occasionally need to be evacuated with little advance notice, Clerk-Treasurer Marilyn Morrison says one closing has already been scheduled. That will take place Monday and Tuesday, July 29 and 30.

To report a utility emergency during those two days, residents should call 375-3424. The number should not be used for billing inquiries or general questions.

The town hall is located on the end of the block affected by the collapse of the former Gene's Market building on Wayne Street on Friday, July 5, just after the Salamonie Summer Festival parade had passed by.

The grocery store building and an adjacent building have been demolished. Work is underway to shore up the wall of an auto parts store located next to the town hall, and that process will be followed by the demolition of a third building in the block.

As the work continues, the town hall will occasionally need to be evacuated. When possible, town hall operations will move to Assembly Hall, directly across the street from the town hall, Morrison says.

Credit cards cannot be used to pay utility bills when town offices are operating out of Assembly Hall, Morrison says. However, payments can be dropped in the payment slot in the town hall door, even when the building is closed, or made in person at Assembly Hall.

The town hall phone number, 375-2656, will remain in operation throughout the period. However, when the staff moves to Assembly Hall, only one line will ring in that building and the answering machine will not be available. Morrison says anyone who calls the town hall and experiences continued ringing should call back.

Updates on the situation are available on the town's website, www.warrenindiana.us.