Pataskala is reviewing its facilities and trying to determine which repairs should be done and which repairs could be done this year.

Pataskala is reviewing its facilities and trying to determine which repairs should be done and which repairs could be done this year.

The facade of Pataskala City Hall, 625 W. Broad St., is in need of repairs.

Pataskala Mayor Steve Butcher called it "a pretty significant issue," saying the repairs to the cracks in the brick facade are needed.

"Water gets in and it can deteriorate the brick," he said.

Estimates could range from $6,000 to $36,000 and could be a problem for the financially strapped city, which cut its snow removal because of a lack of funding last year, Butcher said.

The city's buildings and grounds committee met last week to discuss the repairs.

"We're trying to get estimates on that," said Pataskala City Councilman Larry Meade, who chairs the committee.

Meade said the city has to make the repairs, and council is not sure yet how high bids on the project might be.

The city also is considering leasing more vacant space at City Hall to the Central Ohio Technical College (COTC).

COTC currently has administration space at City Hall and offers classes at two high schools and a local church.

Information from the college states, "This strategy has served its intended purpose of getting the operation off the ground, but facilities in multiple locations have presented challenges to faculty, staff and students. Recently, additional space has become available within the city administration building which could greatly assist in consolidating facilities for the college, and, in doing so, would bolster the future success of COTC in Pataskala."

The committee considered COTC's plans during its Feb. 23 meeting.

Meade said the city is considering requiring tenants to help pay for utilities; the city had paid for them.

COTC also has expressed an interest in opening in another city building -- the Pataskala police station and former town hall at 430 S. Main St.

A local nonprofit group is interested in leasing the building from the city and renovating it, possibly for COTC and for community use.

The building, which still houses Pataskala police, is in need of repairs, but council is not sure what repairs the city needs to make, with a potential lease pending.

Connie Klema, a local attorney and member of the nonprofit, said the group is beginning a fundraising campaign and is not at the point where it could state it definitely would lease the building and complete renovations.

"We're on hold," Meade said.

City administrator Timothy Boland reported to council two weeks ago that the city already has repaired the roof and gutters on the building. Windows need to be replaced, but council talked last week about spending money for windows that the nonprofit might need to replace if it takes possession of the building.

Klema said the nonprofit looks to retain the historical character of the building and probably would want to install different windows from what the city would install. The city needs to put in windows that retain heat. The existing windows don't.

"We want to match historical features, which can take more funding than what it would take to make it (the building) air tight," she said.

Klema said she wishes the group could be in a better position, further along with fundraising to advise council. She said windows the city might install might have to be removed if the nonprofit begins building renovations, though.

"We're just not at a place where we can say, 'Don't make the repair; we'll take it (the building),'" she said.

Council also had discussed moving the police department into City Hall, but costs prevented that.

Meade said the city included a request for $2.5-million in federal stimulus money to help build a new police facility, but city officials aren't sure when or which projects would be approved.

Klema said the nonprofit looks to have funding by fall, but she said it needs to raise $1.5-million for the renovation, so it could take longer.

"I can't give an exact date," she said. "The city has been great working with us. They understand our dilemma."

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