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GARY — City Council will be calling the Genesis Center home for the next several months after a temporary fix for a leaky roof at City Hall reportedly failed over the weekend, flooding the council chambers, according to Gary Council President Ron Brewer.

Monday night’s council meeting was canceled at the last minute once staff discovered the second and third floors of City Hall, including the council chambers, flooded after a night of rainfall, Brewer said.

Computers, other equipment and paperwork were ruined by the floodwaters, he said. 

Councilwoman LaVetta Sparks-Wade said this is at least the third major roof leak in three years. They learned last minute Monday of the canceled meeting.

“It’s unacceptable that we would have to repair a roof three times. Get somebody who is competent. What is so bad about the roof that they can’t fix? Quit patching up,” Sparks-Wade said.

A permanent fix — including an already planned green roof installation — is now underway, Brewer said.

Contractors may be working on a permanent fix for leaky roof, possibly through the spring, he said. In the meantime, the council will meet at the Genesis Center bimonthly to conduct government business, he said.

If this sounds familiar, it is. Heavy rains earlier this year exposed leaks in the same roof, forcing the City Council to relocate several meetings, Brewer said. 

Whatever patchwork the contractor did then apparently failed over the recent weekend, Brewer said.  

Councilwoman Carolyn Rogers said she had been under the impression the roof repairs from earlier this year would mitigate any future significant leaks.

“I was really surprised,” she said.

She said she’s happy the Genesis Center was chosen as the council’s temporary location due its proximity to a bus route. Still, moving meetings is an inconvenience for residents, she said.

“Hopefully, the word is getting out that at the Genesis Center,” Rogers said.

The next meeting is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Indiana Room at the Genesis Center. For more information, contact the Gary City Council office at 219-881-1315.

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Northlake County Reporter

Lauren covers North Lake County government, breaking news, crime and environmental issues for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.