HALFMOON: Street in the Hall

The geothermal system is expected to pay for itself within six years, after which the town expects to begin saving money over a traditional system.

The raised dais of the new boardroom, where board members sit, will be semi-circular. It is designed to look like the side of a ship's hull, matching the town's seal. The meeting room is also expected to have 10 percent increased seating capacity over the current town hall.

Another feature is a large 10-by-28-foot mural just inside the main entrance. Bold said the town is looking at using a Capital District artist and that the early sketches depict "a collage of events throughout the life of the town."

The main construction contractors for the project were Malone and Tate Builders out of Schenectady. Julius Gintli is the company's project superintendent.

"It's like a heavy-duty building; it's not like your typical building," said Gintli. "It's built as a place of refuge. It's built to withstand the elements."

The design was developed with the help of an eight-person committee, which included four resident representatives.

The project's cost will be paid for through a combination of capital reserves and long-term bonds.

Councilwoman Regina Parker called the project a dream come true.

"We promised to do this for the community, to be able to provide them with a building that can meet all of their requirements and the town services. It's just going to be an awesome thing," she said. "This is the biggest project that I've worked on since I've been here."

Rowland also expressed pride in the project.

"It goes from sketches, to layouts, to paper, to eventually the whole set of building drawings and then [the contractors] make it a reality," Rowland said. "There's nothing more gratifying than seeing it from a stage when we had absolutely nothing on a piece of paper to this when it's done. That's why I do this.""

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