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Parishville Town Hall renovations near completion


PARISHVILLE - Thanks to a renovation project, town residents have what appears to be a new town hall in Parishville, coming at only a fraction of the cost for a new building.

“To tear that building down and build another one would easily be over a $ 1 million,” Town Supervisor Jerry G. Moore said, adding that for a fraction of that the town now has a building that should be problem-free for a long time. “We basically got a new town hall for $170,000.

“It’s good for at least the next 50 years,” Mr. Moore said.

He noted the entire building has been insulated, while also receiving new siding and new windows. Necessary repairs were also made to the building’s exterior walls and roof, with all of this work being done without borrowing anything.

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

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

“I thank God that the boards before me and the current board had the foresight to save that money,” he said.

Mr. Moore noted the work was much needed.

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

While the initial plan only called for the town to make repairs to the building’s south and west sides, which face the St. Regis River, Mr. Moore said that with a contractor and all of their tools and supplies already on-site, it made sense to go ahead and 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 some more roof work to be completed this summer.

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

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

“The only thing 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.

“It makes the whole middle of town look better,” he said. “I think we did a good thing.”

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