A sewage leak today closed the Akron Municipal Court’s Probation Office, which is on the second floor of the Harold K. Stubbs Justice Center.
The Probation Department rescheduled appointments set for this afternoon. The staff will relocate to the seventh and ninth floors of the Stubbs building, which is at 217 S. High St. and houses the police department and municipal court.
People scheduled to meet with the probation office today or Wednesday are asked to call the office at 330-375-2760.
Court officials said their concern was the health and safety of employees and the public who use the office. The leak was coming from a pipe inside the building and water leaked through the ceiling into the probation area directly below it, according to a news release issued by Montrella Jackson, the court administrator.
Court officials say these types of “recurring building conditions as well as the lack of adequate space” help illustrate the need for a new court facility. They pointed to this as a priority during budget hearings with the city this year.
A new court building has been under discussion for several years, with a lack of consensus about how to pay for it or where it should be located stalling the progress.
Akron Municipal Court serves Akron, Fairlawn, Lakemore, Richfield; Bath, Richfield and Springfield townships; and part of Mogadore.