PIERREPONT - After years of usage by the Pierreponts highway department, the old town barn has seen its final day.
The structure was torn down last week by highway officials, led by superintendent Shawn D. Spellacy.
Town officials elected to demolish the building after significant deterioration in recent years.
It was in bad shape, and it would be way more costly to fix it up in the condition that it was in, Town Supervisor Thomas E. Latimer said.
It was deteriorating pretty bad, and we had to take it down. We crushed up the old building there and loaded it onto four different trucks and brought it to the county transfer station, Mr. Spellacy added.
The structure had served as a storage area for the highway departments equipment before its destruction.
As soon as the sounds of highway equipment labor echoed through the surrounding area on May 5, town historian Barbara Daniels took the opportunity to check out the take down of the long-standing building.
When the barn was going down, it was such short notice for me, Ms. Daniels said. It was something that really needed to be done because back when we had high winds in the past, the big barn door had come off its hinges and it was just hanging there. Then at that point they made the decision that something had to be done. It was dangerous to leave it standing any longer.
Town officials are unsure of when exactly the town barn was built, but Ms. Daniels said the town hall - which is located in front of the barn - was built in the mid-19th century.
I was going through old scrapbooks trying to find out when (the barn) was built. The only thing I did find was that the town hall was erected in 1846. I think that barn probably went up after the town hall, she said.
I believe that they built the new barn in the early 1850s, Mr. Spellacy added. It was pretty tired, pretty dry rot and it was just disintegrated.
The highway department equipment will now be stored in a newly constructed garage near the intersection of routes 29 and 24.
Mr. Spellacy said that town officials do not expect another barn to be constructed on the now vacant property.
Nothing will be there other than possibly a little utility shed for rakes, shovels and things like that, he said. We saved some old lumber off of one of the interior walls of the building and Barbara will be using some of that to display in the museum.