Renovations to Memorial Town Hall continue, and while the work will soon wrap up, the path to completion hasn't always been smooth.
There's been mistakes made, but luckily for the town, it won't cost it any more money, construction monitor Joseph DiSanti told the Town Building Committee recently.
But that's not likely the case when it comes to the Police Department's sallyport, which was designed too small and needs to be enlarged. It's likely to cost $180,000, DeSanti said, which will have to be taken up soon at a joint meeting of the committee and the Legislative Council.
The sallyport work will be done at the same time the planned parking garage is constructed as part of that project, he said. The two old buildings next to the new Police Department will be demolished and replaced with the parking garage, possibly by the end of the year.
"All the contractors gave a price based on doing the work at the same time as the parking garage," he said. "If it is going to be done it should be done at the same time because you will be getting a better price."
"We will have to have a joint building committee/Legislative Council meeting," said building committee chairman John DeRosa, who also sits on the council, "and there will certainly be some discussion."
There also will likely be discussion about last weekend storm, which led to flooding issues at the new police department. The Fire Department had to be called in to pump out the booking area because of the water that collected there.
Meanwhile, problems with work at Town Hall have cropped up, including mismeasured granite steps leading up to the front doors that had to be redone, he said.
"Each had to be refabricated because they were done wrong," he said. "It was not coordinated properly."
The circular granite around the flagpole also was cut too short, he said, and had to be redone.
"The contractor has taken responsibility," DiSanti said.
The appearance of the project has prompted complaints from residents, one committee member said.
"I can't tell you how many complaints I've gotten about the empty cement bags and the pallets and the five gallon pails," committee member Jack Kenelly said.
"They have brought in people in the last few days to take the weeds down," DiSanti said. A new fence was erected around the bus stop in front of the building that was recently put out of service, he said, because people continued to use it and leave debris behind.
Inside the town hall, the auditorium renovation is almost complete, DiSanti said, but that too has had its challenges.
Wall panels were made too large, he said, and had to be redone, so it took longer to install than planned. There also is a problem with the handicap lift that needs to be resolved, he said, either by adjusting the lift itself or the floor pitch.
But one of the larger concerns is the room's acoustics, he said.
"I was in the auditorium yesterday and noticed it was very, very echoey," he told the committee. Just filling the room with chairs probably wouldn't solve the problem, he said.
Once the building is finished, town board and commissions such as the Legislative Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission will once again meet in the auditorium, so making it acoustically correct was a priority for the committee.
"We do not want feedback in the microphones," committee member Al Gorman, who also serves on the Legislative Council, said. "Otherwise, we might as well as left it like it was."
A new elevator is being installed in the lobby, DiSanti said, and the lobby area itself is being restored.
The cost of the combined Town Hall/Police Department project is $40 million.