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Impact of town hall renovations already being felt in Parishville

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PARISHVILLE - Once work on the Parishville Town Hall is complete, Town Supervisor Jerry G. Moore said he’s expecting the town to see energy savings of between 30 and 40 percent.

“I would be surprised if we don’t save that much or even more,” Mr. Moore said from his office adjacent to the building’s boiler room.

“That boiler right there used to run 24 hours a day when it was 15 below, but now it only runs periodically and it’s warm in here,” he said.

While siding is still being installed, the buildings exterior walls are now insulated, with new windows and new doors also installed on the building’s south and west sides.

Town Clerk Connie Maguire said it didn’t take her long to notice an improvement, noting it was warmer inside the building once the plastic wrap was installed.

“I’ll tell you before in the town clerk’s office that draft was enough to put a candle out,” Mr. Moore said. “Now it’s warm in there too.”

Ms. Maguire said in the past she would leave a water bottle in her desk drawer and it wasn’t unusual for it to freeze overnight.

“It was like a refrigerator,” she said.

Mr. Moore noted that prior to this project none of the building was insulated.

“It was built around 1910. They didn’t even know what insulation was,” he said, noting interior paneling and the building’s exterior walls were all that was there before this project began.

“If you took the paneling off, you could look outdoors,” he said.

Mr. Moore said the project is being paid for using roughly $100,000 from the town’s $178,000 capital reserve fund.

“We’ve been saving money for years and years,” Mr. Moore said. “The plan is to do the other side of the building if there’s enough left.”

Mr. Moore said the project wasn’t something town officials were expecting to have done this winter.

“We were going to wait a year or two until we had some more money, but then our code enforcement officer, Ron Ferguson, noticed the outside wall was moving,” he said. “There was no waiting after that.”

To date, Mr. Moore said he’s heard nothing but positive things from the town’s residents.

“I haven’t heard anything but positive feedback from the town’s people, and we didn’t even have to borrow a nickle,” he said. “It was about time we fixed the place up.”

The siding being installed comes with a 50-year warranty, meaning the building is going to be in good shape for many years to come, a definite improvement over what the building looked like at this time last year. “The town hall was pretty shabby. We had siding blowing off every time there was a storm. This is going to be a positive thing for the town,” he said. “I’m really happy that we’re getting it done for safety’s sake, for looks and for the energy savings.”

Work is being done by Harvey Excavating & Construction Company, Chase Mills, and Mr. Moore said he couldn’t be more pleased with the work.

“They do beautiful work, they really do,” he said, adding, “It doesn’t matter how cold it is. They’re out there working.”

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