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Broken elevator chases ceremonies from City Hall

Brockton, MA - 01/31/14 - Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter, at podium, with new civilian Police Commissioner Bob Hayden at a press conference outside the Mayor's City Hall Office. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: South Week, Reporter: Michele Bolton, Topic: 06socops, LOID: 7.3.138515916.
Globe File 2014
Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter speaking at the podium during a press conference outside his City Hall office.

The inauguration ceremonies for Mayor Bill Carpenter’s third term and for other newly elected or reelected officials in Brockton will take place outside City Hall for the first time in decades, because of a broken elevator in the 19th-century building.

The inauguration will be on New Year’s Day at the city-owned War Memorial Building.

“That building is handicapped accessible, and it’s a nice building,” said City Clerk Anthony Zeoli, who will swear in the mayor and other officials.

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Zeoli said the city charter dictates the date and time of the ceremony — 10 a.m. on the first Monday of the New Year following an election — but he is allowed to change the location.

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In his 25 years as city clerk, he said, City Hall has always hosted the inauguration. And he could find no record of it happening in any other place since the building opened in the late 1800s.

Cty Hall’s elevator has had problems for months and was taken out of commission a few weeks ago for safety reasons, according to the superintendent of buildings, James Casieri.

“We’re going to replace it because of its age and recurring problems,” he said. He estimated a new elevator would cost $460,000 and be in use in six to eight months.

In the meantime, people can’t use stairs can get into City Hall through the basement, and staff will go to them, he said.

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Municipal employees who can’t use the stairs will have office space in the basement, Casieri said.

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