This is a link to the David Lombardo story from the Times Union on Friday night’s city hall fire. Apparently, while the fire was quickly contained, the smoke and water damage was extensive to the Lake Avenue side of the building. This included the city council chambers. The damage was sufficiently severe that city hall will be closed on Monday and meetings of the council are being moved to other locations. The Council’s Monday morning pre-agenda meeting will be held at 9:30 at the Rec Center. Tuesday’s City Council meeting will be at the City Center including the Charter Review Commission’s public hearing which will begin at 6PM. Any further changes will be posted on the city website.
I understand that the members of the council have risen to this occasion by working closely to develop short term plans about where to relocate the staff of offices that were particularly severely damaged. They have established an emergency task force to help manage the crisis. Public Safety Commissioner Peter Martin told Lombardo that while the city is insured, the cost of addressing the damage will be substantial, especially in light of the fact that city hall is an historic building.