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Renovations being made to Parishville’s town hall

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PARISHVILLE — Renovations are expected to begin shortly at the town hall, 1772 Route 72.

Supervisor Jerry G. Moore said work will be done on the building’s south and west sides.

“It looks horrible,” he said. “Siding blows off every time the wind blows.”

Work will include the removal of old siding and the installation of insulation before the siding is replaced with new siding.

“It really needs to be insulated. There’s no insulation in there at all,” Mr. Moore said. “We think once it gets insulated that will really help with the heat bills.” In addition, he said, repairs will be made to the building’s roof and four new windows will be installed.

The project was awarded to Harvey Construction, Chase Mills, for $65,150. “They did the new town hall in Potsdam. They do nice work,” Mr. Moore said, adding the best part of the project is that it’s being paid for without raising taxes or even using money from the town’s general fund.

“We’ve been saving for years,” he said. “There’s no money from the taxpayers or budget going for this. This is all money we had set aside.”

Another bonus, he said, was the fact the winning bid came in well under what the board had anticipated.

“We were expecting them to be in the $90,000 to $100,000 range,” he said, adding the town still has about $100,000 in reserves for future repairs and renovations to the building.

Asked why only two sides of the building are being fixed, Mr. Moore said, “The other two sides aren’t in bad shape at all, but those two just get battered by the weather.”

He also said he thinks the town benefitted by putting a project out to bid now versus during the peak construction season.

“A lot of contractors are looking for work at this time of year to keep their guys working, so I think that really helped us out with bids,” he said.

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