PARISHVILLE - While winter storm Euclid may have dumped more than a foot of snow on the north country, Parishville Town Supervisor Jerry G. Moore said it couldnt stop work at the town hall.
It slowed them down, but they have been working steady when the weather has allowed, Mr. Moore said, adding hes glad the project got started when it did.
Its a good thing we took the bricks off when we did because the walls were moving, he said. You could see where the bricks were bulging out.
After removing the bricks, Mr. Moore said the buildings exterior walls were rebuilt with three inches of insulation added, something Mr. Moore said will pay for itself in no time.
The bottom two feet were completely dry-rotted out. There were only a couple of spots where there was any support at all, he said. We dont know what was holding the second floor up.
Mr. Moore said the town hall was built in 1910 and appears to have been built with whatever scrap lumber and boards they could find at the time.
Its kind of patched together. It looks like it was put together with whatever they could find, he said, adding that casings werent even built for the windows.
There was nothing to stop the wind from blowing right through them, he said. But its being done right this time. Weve got the best materials we could get. Its going to last.
The buildings windows are being replaced with new energy-efficient windows and the siding that will be installed comes with a 50-year warranty, something that Mr. Moore said a few people have questioned.
I told them that if it only lasts 40 years to call me, he joked. Connie (Maguire, town clerk) said its already warmer in there with just the plastic on the building.
When asked if there was any timetable for completion, Mr. Moore said hes not in any hurry to have the work completed.
Were kind of doing it day by day. If they can work three days a week thats fine. If they can work four or five thats fine too, he said. We dont want them here if they cant do anything. Theres no point in them being here and losing money. We dont want that.
Work remaining to be done includes some roof repairs as well as the installation of new fascia and soffit.
We dont want them to open that roof until we know well have a couple of good days in a row, he said.
Work is being completed by Harvey Construction, Chase Mills, who was awarded the $65,150 last month.
The Harvey Construction Company has been doing a wonderful job. Theyre here early every day and theyre cleaning up as they go along, he said. The day they took the bricks off, you couldnt find a piece of brick anywhere.