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Engineer finds Republic’s town hall to be structurally sound

A-T FILE PHOTO Republic’s town hall was built in 1884.

A forensic structural engineer has found Republic’s town hall to be structurally sound.

In August, Larry Fast, a forensic structural engineer, was on the hall’s roof and examined the attic trusses, rooms, crawl space and balcony’s support.

“This historic building is (structurally) sound, safe to occupy and may be easily remodeled into a building that Republic may proudly use for several functions,” he wrote.

People have undertaken an effort to revive the town hall.

“We think it’s worth (saving),” Donna Hudacek, a member of Scipio Republic Area Historical Society, has said.

The last time work was done on the town hall was in 1976.

There used to be dances in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The town hall previously was a voting location and hosted Republic High School graduation ceremonies, sporting events and a mass funeral after a Baltimore & Ohio train wreck in 1887.

Scipio Republic Area Historical Society’s Fall in Love with Republic is planned for 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 5.

The events include apple-butter making, log cabin tours, Knights of Columbus chicken dinners and a Gary’s Equipment display at Republic Community Park; re-enactors from Republic’s history at Farewell Retreat Cemetery; and a re-enactors tour and town hall activities in downtown Republic.

A free shuttle service is to be available.

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