City Fire Department firefighters are securing the Stark County Board of Elections building where a roof collapsed Wednesday evening.
Stark County officials reached a heightened level of concern Wednesday evening when a portion of the county Board of Elections roof collapsed.
The collapse was on the northeast portion of the office at 201 Third St. NE. It is over a garage and an area near the stored voting machines and records.
“The voting machines from the bottom may have been damaged,” county Commissioner Thomas Bernabei said. “We will not know until the board of elections people are able to access them.”
Bernabei and the other two commissioners, Janet Weir Creighton and Richard Regula, were on the scene Wednesday evening.
Inside, portions of the ceiling joists were hanging along with mangled metal pieces of the drop ceiling.
“It was water build-up on the flat roof,” said Battalion Chief Akbar Bennett of the city Fire Department. “The drain basically got clogged up and all that water caused it to collapse.”
No one was injured. However, Stanley Steemer cleanup crews were on hand to remove water from the floor.
An email from Jeffrey Matthews, executive director, states the Board of Elections will be open Thursday and that power was restored to the office portion of the building.
But security was a concern Wednesday night.
“The building is not secure tonight,” county Sheriff George Maier said. “We have a deputy that will provide security all night.”
Stark County officials are looking at possibly relocating the Board of Elections to the Cohen-Joliet Industries Building at 3525 Regent Ave. NE. This is a former Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities site.
“We are still working on that plan,” Bernabei said.
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