The Chief Building Official (CBO) and Fire Chief are very important in protecting the safety, health and welfare of our residents, businesses, and visitors. They hold special certifications and expertise and rely on other experts to be the final arbiters in determining the safety of structures in Troy.
The Tavern Building is no exception. On June 16, after a very thorough review, the CBO, his structural engineer, and our Fire Chief determined unequivocally that this building is unsafe and dangerous. However, the Miami County Common Pleas Court on Friday, June 23 ruled that our CBO and Fire Chief are not sufficiently qualified to make that determination.
Since the CBO acts for the City and since both have certified the building as unsafe and dangerous, effective immediately and until such time as the CBO and Fire Chief determine the area to be safe, West Main Street between Plum and Cherry Streets will be closed to pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
“It is very concerning that the Court decided that our CBO and Fire Chief are not qualified to give us the best advice possible. Based on the June 16th inspection, we cannot in good conscience ignore their orders, since we know they are acting as neutral advisors to us with only Troy’s safety in mind. It’s truly regrettable that it’s come to this, but we have an absolute duty to err on the side of caution,” stated Troy Mayor Robin Oda.
“I can only hope this decision is reconsidered as soon as possible but until then, we can no longer ignore the risks and leave a potentially unsafe situation,” she said.
A detour for vehicles is located at Plum and Cherry Streets using Franklin Street.