Look out below!
As painting contractors started work on Old Town Hall on Main Street, they found a problem. The windows were all falling apart.
“The frames and sashes are so rotted, the glass is ready to fall out,” said Ihor Raniuk, construction project manager with the town’s Plant and Facilities Department.
One of the panes already did come out, he said, along with some slate roof shingles.
In an effort to protect the public from possible harm, a fence has been erected around Old Town Hall while contractors replace all the windows.
After last winter, a mesh guard was also placed on the roof to keep the slate from falling onto the heads of unsuspecting pedestrians, Raniuk said.
“We are trying to get it repaired so it’s not a hindrance to the public,” he said. “We don’t want glass falling on the public below.”
The town approved spending $60,000 to paint the historic structure.
Raniuk said another $30,000 was OK’d to install new windows, which will be more energy efficient while retaining the building’s historic charm. The current windows, he said, are 80 to 90 years old.
“Weather permitting, the work will be done by the end of the week,” he said, adding that the millwork is being completed by Jackson Lumber, a local company.
In the near future, maybe within a year or so, the town will also have to replace the slate roof, at an estimated cost of about $500,000, he said.
The building is used primarily for weddings and other functions, as well as some classes and community programs.