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Parishville Town Hall renovations near completion


PARISHVILLE — Thanks to a renovation project, residents have what appears to be a new town hall at only a fraction of the cost.

“To tear that building down and build another one would easily be over $1 million,” town Supervisor Jerry G. Moore said. “We basically got a new town hall for $170,000.”

He said the building has been insulated, while also receiving new siding and new windows. Repairs were made to the building’s exterior walls and roof, with all of the work being done without borrowing money.

He said the town’s capital reserve fund included money that it had been saving for years.

“We still have $17,000 or $18,000 in that fund,” Mr. Moore said.

He said the work was badly needed.

The bottom 2 feet of the building’s exterior walls “were completely dry-rotted out. There were only a couple of spots where there was any support at all,” Mr. Moore previously had said. “We don’t know what was holding the second floor up.”

While the initial plan called for the town to make repairs only to the building’s south and west sides, which face the St. Regis River, Mr. Moore said that, with a contractor and all of the tools and supplies already on site, it made sense to complete the rest of the building.

“We ended up paying $57,000 to do the rest of it,” he said.

Once complete, Mr. Moore said, the project will have a final price tag of roughly $170,000, including more work on the building’s aluminum roof to be completed this summer.

“We’re going to lacquer it, seal it and paint it,” he said. That small project, he said, will cost roughly $5,000.

Not counting the roof work, Mr. Moore said, only a few things remain to put the finishing touches on the building.

“The only things we have left is caulking and you can’t do that until it is above 40, and painting, which you can’t do until it is above 50, so that will have to wait,” he said.

Mr. Moore said he’s proud of the “new and improved” town hall, noting that the work was done by Harvey Construction, Chase Mills.

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