CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The state Division of Motor Vehicles is working on a way to re-route customers and employees after being forced to shut down their regional office in Parkersburg last week.
The division abruptly closed the office last Wednesday after agency officials determined the building no longer was safe for customers and employees.
"Out of an abundance of safety and caution, that is what we had to do," said Natalie Harvey, spokeswoman for the DMV.
While the building cleared inspection last July, sometime in the past few months a leak developed in the ceiling. It led to water and mold damage in the 8,000-square-foot building on Dudley Street in Parkersburg.
The state has leased the facility for the past 12 years from Goldsmit-Black Inc. at an annual rate of $93,320.
However, the landlord entered into bankruptcy in the past year, and Harvey said the company was unable to perform the necessary repair work.
"We are not authorized to do those repairs because we lease the building," she said. "If we owned it, we would have fixed it.
"We rely on the folks who own the property to take care of the maintenance and upkeep, but unfortunately it developed to a situation that was beyond our control. For the safety of our employees and customers in the office in Parkersburg, we had to shut the building down."
The Parkersburg office was one of the busiest in the state, and the DMV has been struggling to figure out how to continue offering services in the area.