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Consider City Building Future

About 10 days ago, Martins Ferry municipal employees were shocked to notice part of the City Building lying on the ground beside it. A substantial section of brick facade near the roof had torn away from the building and collapsed.

It appears the building, more than a century old, remains structurally sound. Still, repairs will need to be made.

Given the unanticipated collapse, it may be time for Martins Ferry officials to commission a thorough engineering examination of the building. What other deterioration has occurred without being noticed?

Almost beyond doubt, the structure could use some work even if there is no danger of additional problems in the near future. City officials should get expert opinions on that and, if prudent, develop a capital expenditures plan for the building.

That would cost taxpayers’ money — but it may be better to spend comparatively little now than a lot more later.

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