The Pataskala Division of Police had to close its front stoop Saturday, Aug. 17, during the last day of the Pataskala Street Fair because of a loose piece of slate hanging from the roof at the station, 430 S. Main St.
Mayor Steve Butcher told Pataskala City Council on Aug. 19 firefighters from the West Licking Joint Fire District removed the slate Aug. 18 so the stoop could be used again.
Butcher said the closure interrupted tours of the Sterling Theater, which is on the second floor of the building, and prevented people from sitting on the steps.
The city is expected to replace the 97-year-old roof in September. Repairs to the building's roof, soffit, fascia, downspouts and gutters are expected to cost $185,000.
-- Lori Wince