UNION CITY — The Union City Municipal Authority has a roof over its head — for the foreseeable future.

The authority recently opened a temporary office at 29 S. Main St., in the space formerly occupied by District Justice Carol Southwick in the South Main Arms apartment building.

The authority has been without a home since July 24, when the roof of the authority’s longtime office at 12 S. Main St. collapsed under the weight of accumulated rainwater after heavy storms. The building remains closed indefinitely as the five-member authority considers whether to renovate the damaged building or tear it down and rebuild.

In the meantime, however, the temporary office is now open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“It’s not a luxuriously appointed office,” authority Chairwoman Thelma Morgan said. “We’ve got desks and filing cabinets, but there are no chairs in the waiting area. We’ve got just the basics, that’s it.”

Water and sewer customers may now pay their bills at the newly opened office.

Customers have been able to pay their bills for the past month at the Northwest Savings Bank branch at 22 N. Main St. Now that the authority has its own office space, Morgan said she probably would cancel that billing arrangement in the next couple of days.

No decision has been made about what to do with the damaged authority building. The authority is expected to discuss its options when it meets Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. in the former judge’s chambers in its temporary office.

See the Journal's Tuesday, September 1st edition.

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