Smell of Exhaust Prompts Officials To Close Town Hall on Tuesday


Town Hall was closed at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday after the smell of exhaust—a problem that first cropped up in December—once again emerged in the newly renovated and expanded municipal building.

Mike Pastore, director of the Department of Public Works, said the problem is definitely with the boilers, although just what is causing it remains unknown.

Officials are investigating now. An email went out to employees in the building from First Selectman Rob Mallozzi.

Firefighters had been dispatched to Town Hall before dawn on Tuesday on a report of the strong odor of exhaust.

In December, Pastore told that the boilers at Town Hall appeared to be sending out smoke and somehow that exhaust was being re-circulated in the building.

In the past, no high levels of carbon monoxide had been detected.

It isn’t clear just what caused town officials to shut down the building this time. The Board of Selectmen held their regular meeting at 9 a.m. and went into executive session with district officials to discuss a personnel matter just after 10 a.m., prior to the building’s evacuation.

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