Castleton updated on town hall, fire station progress
By Lucia Suarez
STAFF WRITER | April 27,2013
Albert J. Marro / Staff Photo
The buildings housing the Castleton Volunteer Fire Department trucks and apparatus need repair especially the Edward Ellis Memorial Station whose roof is slowly corroding away. 04/26/13
CASTLETON — The architect charged with designing the renovation of the town offices will talk to town employees and officials over the next couple of weeks to complete project plans.
Thomas Ettori, chairman of the Select Board, said this week that the plans by John Berryhill of NBF Architects should be completed in about a month. He said the plans will include a concrete cost estimate for the renovation.
“We should have a figure that is not coming from me or coming from the Main Street group, shall we put it that way,” he said.
In the meantime, Ettori said the board is waiting for a complete report on mold, asbestos and lead at the old town hall.
Although the board met with the contractor prior to Monday’s meeting, Ettori refrained from commenting further on the report until the board sees a breakdown of what was found and what needs to be done.
“Anything that is there can be fixed,” the chairman said.
Ettori added that a study of the building also discovered the town needs to remove some underground fuel tanks where the police department once parked its cars.
The Select Board is also considering applying for a series of grants that would help reduce the cost of the renovation, including a $75,000 grant to improve accessibility for the handicapped in the building. Ettori said the town would need to match the grants awarded.
The board chairman also updated residents on the bond petition for construction of a new fire station. Ettori said officials are gathering information before going to voters.
He said they have spoken with the state regarding the road cut for the property on Route 30 and the town may need to gate the exits that will only be used by the fire department.
“There is a concern that the entrance by the medical center will be a big enough swing (for the fire department) to get in, but due to the fact that you have done drills up there ... that should not be an issue,” Ettori said.
He added that the delineation of wetland zones on the property will be done next week.