Wrangell Sentinel -

By Dan Rudy 

Variety of problems plague public safety building


September 7, 2017

Dan Rudy / Wrangell Sentinel

The walls have been laid bare in the court assistant's office, after discovering its colonization by carpenter ants. The wall and framing itself has experienced a considerable degree of rot from exposure, and will need to be replaced.

Bad luck came in threes for Wrangell's Public Safety Building last month, the latest in a long line of problems with the facility.

A failing elevator, water damage and a colony of carpenter ants have disrupted activity at the building, home to the city's emergency services, courthouse and Department of Motor Vehicles office.

The first setback, that of the elevator, occurred on August 14.

"As far as the elevator is concerned, we had a power outage," said Amber Al-Haddad, head of Public Works. A bird strike temporarily downed power transmission at the time. "It affected one of the control boa...

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