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Police union withdraws grievance against Lorain over city hall smell

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LORAIN — The police union has withdrawn a grievance filed against the city administration Wednesday regarding a raw sewage stench in City Hall.

Lorain Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 3 President Kyle Gelenius said the FOP is working with police administration to resolve the issue.

“The raw sewage stench in the Police Department from yesterday has been taken care of for now,” he said.

Mayor Chase Ritenauer said he wishes the FOP would have called his office or the Safety-Service Department rather than filing a grievance.

“This could have been handled with a phone call,” he said. “City Hall was built in the 1970s. It’s an old building that needs a lot of capital improvements that we don’t have the money for.”

Ritenauer said the smell afflicted most of City Hall on Wednesday as there was a problem with the traps in the pipes.

“Sometimes they dry out,” Ritenauer said. “The problem at that point is obviously the smell, but we’re working on a solution to it. But this is not the first time things have gone wrong in this building. The roof and ceilings leak and stuff happens. It’s an old building.”

Contact Katie Nix at 329-7129 or knix@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @KatieHNix.

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