- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

ELLETTSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Workers have moved from a southern Indiana community’s Town Hall because it was badly damaged by flooding last month.

The Ellettsville clerk-treasurer’s office left the building Tuesday, joining some other workers who previously transferred to a business complex in a former elementary school about a half mile down

Those workers will remain in the new offices while town leaders consider their options for repairing the Town Hall, Town Council President Scott Oldham told The Herald-Times (http://bit.ly/19ubrrv ).

“I want to avoid rushing to make any decisions about this,” Oldham said.

The former bank building in the town about five miles northwest of Bloomington was damaged in flash flooding from heavy rains on Dec. 21-22. It has served as the Town Hall for about 50 years.

The 6,400-person town’s police, fire and street departments already are housed in other buildings.

Oldham said there wasn’t a deadline to decide whether to salvage Town Hall or to use the building for another purpose.

“We want to revitalize the downtown, and now is the time to decide if dealing with this flooding issue can be part of that planning,” he said. “Maybe it can be re-purposed so we still have a foothold downtown.”

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Information from: The Herald Times, http://www.heraldtimesonline.com