Construction crews are replacing the concrete slab in front of the Clearinghouse building on Second Street in downtown Madison.

The old concrete pad outside the building's north entrance was allowing a small amount of water to seep into the basement of the building. Sedam Contracting of Hanover will replace the concrete and waterproof the area.

Molly Dodge, Clearinghouse coordinator, announced the changes Tuesday morning during the monthly Clearinghouse Planning meeting.

Following the replacement of the concrete slab, Sedam also will build a sidewalk on the West Street side of the building.

Also at the meeting, Dodge said House of Hope, the collaborative food pantry run by local churches, has been open to the public for three days. The pantry is open to Jefferson County residents, and each client who visits is entered into a computer system. Dodge said the idea of the computer system is to document the specific demographic in need of assistance.

The pantry is open Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. The other weekdays are used as stock and intake days. There are currently 105 volunteers working at the House of Hope.

In other business:

• Dodge said designs for the first-floor renovations of the building have been sent to the state for approval.

The process typically take three to six weeks. The first floor will house the nonprofit and faith-based organizations, with WorkOne being the anchor tenant.

• The Clearinghouse is asking for donations of plastic bags and plastic water bottles with the caps. The water bottles are used to divide laundry detergent for the House of Hope pantry.

• Jeff Cardwell, a special assistant to Gov. Mike Pence, will visit the Clearinghouse on Oct. 25.

• The next Clearinghouse planning meeting is scheduled for Nov. 12 at 8 a.m. at River Valley Resources.