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Town Hall repairs a long time coming

Councilman Kyle Kotary said he feels the extra work neutered the board's ability to move expeditiously on repairs.

"It's unfortunate that Supervisor Messina originally put forth a bond proposal that included a bunch of unnecessary spending on office furniture and office expansions with necessary repairs to the structure of the courthouse and Town Hall," Kotary said.

Between April and the August 2010 approval, town staff continued to study the Town Hall project, said Department of Public Works Deputy Commissioner Erik Deyoe.

"We spent from April into August doing the preliminary design work on the inside, doing some hazardous material surveys on the roofing materials," he said. "We were advancing those preliminary design efforts in the April to August timeframe."

Under that schedule, an earlier approval probably wouldn't have meant work would have been done before winter, when masonry work becomes difficult and expensive, Deyoe said.

Wall was targeted in 2009

Problems in the parapet were identified much earlier though, in 2009. The repair was made part of the 2010 capital plan, which was finalized later that year. So there was about half of a year between the discovery and the initial proposal for bonding.

Department of Public Works Commissioner Josh Cansler said he would have preferred to see the repairs pushed on a different path from other Town Hall work.

"I would rather it had gone through separately, and I think that was our initial goal," he said. "I do remember trying to get it on a board meeting earlier than [April]."

Cansler went on to say if the parapet wall had been focused on independently in April, it's possible a repair could have been made before the winter. Connected to other projects, though, it languished.

"I remember standing up in that April meeting and saying, 'At a minimum you have to repair that parapet.' But no movement was made on that," Cansler said.

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