Grosse Pointe Woods City Hall temporarily moves to community center after flood

By: Maria Allard | Grosse Pointe Times | Published March 12, 2019

 Grosse Pointe Woods city officials have temporarily moved City Hall offices to the community center after a flood occurred over the weekend of March 1.

Grosse Pointe Woods city officials have temporarily moved City Hall offices to the community center after a flood occurred over the weekend of March 1.

Photo by Maria Allard

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Grosse Pointe Woods city officials have continued with business as usual after a flood occurred over the weekend of March 1 at the City Hall municipal complex building, located at 20025 Mack Plaza Drive.

The municipal complex includes City Hall, the Public Safety Department, the community center and the Grosse Pointe Woods Municipal Court.

The flooding occurred sometime overnight between March 2 and March 3. The business offices in City Hall and the hallway that connects to the court building are what flooded; the court, the community center and the Public Safety Department were spared. The City Hall portion of the complex building has been sealed off. City officials also had the complex checked for hazardous materials after the flood to ensure that it was safe for residents and employees.

Because City Hall will need to be cleaned up and will undergo drywall, carpeting and painting repairs, the City Hall offices have temporarily been moved to the community center.

The City Hall offices include the Building, Clerk’s, Water Billing and Finance departments. Anyone who has business to conduct at City Hall will see the signs leading them to the temporary offices set up in the community center.

“We’ve been told it could be four months,” City Administrator Bruce Smith said of the temporary move. “It’s been so disruptive.”

Through email notifications and the website www.Nixle.com, city officials kept residents updated about the flood and its aftermath. An email blast was dispatched March 8 about the temporary offices at the community center.

“The Grosse Pointe Woods City Hall offices have been relocated to the community center activity rooms and are now open for business,” the email states. “City Administration would like to thank the residents and businesses for their understanding and patience during this past week.”

The City Hall complex building has undergone roof renovations this past year. City officials believe a plumbing fixture that wasn’t connected properly in the attic gave way and is responsible for the flooding. The fixture had been installed in the attic along with the new heating, ventilation  and cooling system.

Because of the flooding and the relocation of city offices, some community center events have been canceled. Others have been moved to the Cook Schoolhouse and the Lake Front Park activities building.

Originally, city officials planned to set up temporary trailers on the circular driveway in front of City Hall after the flooding. However, officials changed their minds because the trailers had no restrooms and because of possible weather issues while having to go in and out from the trailers to the City Hall building.

Because of the nature of the flooding, the city will enter into subrogation, Smith said. Subrogation is the assumption by a third party — such as a second creditor or an insurance company — of another’s legal right to collect a debt or damages.

“Our insurance carrier is going to be taking care of the immediate problem to get us back up and running,” Smith said.

City Hall office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. City officials have extended the community center hours for residents to pick up park passes: 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays.