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City Hallways (Feb. 1) When the water leak occurs in City Hall

It's around 4 p.m. Tuesday.

It sounds like water gushing in the second-floor hallway of City Hall.

I look out of my office door. It's not gushing. It's more like a flowing drip, drip, drip. And it's coming out of the ceiling light fixture down the hall, not far from the mayor's office.

Trash and recycling bins are placed strategically to catch the water.

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There's word that water is also leaking out of a wall in the first-floor lobby.
It's coming from a hole under one of the paintings.

Public Works Commissioner Steve Stepniak can be seen in one of the hallways, working to help get the problem fixed – and also mopping up some of the water.

Other floors of the buildings are being checked.

There's a leak on the third floor also.

By around 5 p.m.,  the water source gets turned off.

It appears the problem is on what's known as floor 12 1/2, a  storage area between – as you'd expect – the 12th and 13th floors of the 26-story building, I'm told.

The water slows down. Then stops.

The first-floor lobby paintings appear fine.

Some City Hall department heads – the sewer authority general manager and the public works commissioner – as well as electricians and some other city workers remain in City Hall to fix the problem and check out the building.

"It's a good thing this didn't happen when no one was here," one city official commented.

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It's now around 9 a.m. Wednesday. All dry.

Still talking body cameras

A conversation on asset forfeiture money turned to police body cameras Tuesday.

Police inspector Joseph Strano told Council members that his boss, Police Commissioner Dan Derenda, is still interested in starting a pilot program with body cameras.

Purchasing the body cameras themselves is not expensive, Strano said. It's the related issues, including storing data from the cameras, responding to public requests for the camera data, and the staff needed to carry out these responsibilities, Strano said.

The inspector also spoke of a committee the police department set up to study the issue. The District Attorney's Office was on that committee, he said.

Strano spoke of the officers' responsibilities when using the cameras.

The cameras aren't on all the time, Strano said. They should get turned on when an officer gets a call, and turned off when the call is over.

In addition, there are things the officers should not be photographing, including young children, he said.

Council members spoke in support of body cameras for police, with some suggesting asset forfeiture funds might be a way to help with the funding.

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