Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 11 September 2012 15:53
Peabody’s American Legion building at 108 N. Walnut St. remains closed after part of the roof gave way Sept. 1, said Mac Manning Jr., city administrator. “Water probably got behind the roofing material on the parapet (protective) wall at the front of the building weakening the mortar and bricks,” he said. An insurance adjuster plans to evaluate the situation, but Manning said until a plan is in place to fix it, the building remains vacated. The (Peabody) Fire Department did break away some of the loose brick after the incident Saturday and, according to Manning, the upper one-third of the structure may need replacing. “The (American Legion) sign was also knocked loose from the falling bricks,” he said. It was also a good thing that nobody was walking under the building between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. when it happened, Manning added. “We will know more when the insurance adjuster is here,” he said.