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Waddington approves old Town Hall project changes

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WADDINGTON — Construction on the old Town Hall is set to be completed next month following a few additional changes to the project.

The town accepted a bid from Continental Construction Co., Gouverneur, to build a ramp and install a chair lift and elevator in the basement of the old Town Hall, which will extend to the auditorium in July.

The downstairs bathrooms will also be modified to be handicapped-accessible.

The project was set to be completed by the end of November, but additional changes have delayed the project.

“Because of the demolition that was done, we were able to see other areas that should have been addressed,” council member Robert Dalton said Monday.

Repairs to the aging plaster, dropped ceilings and water-damaged walls will cost up to an additional $19,022.

Council members approved the changes by a vote of 3 to 1 on Monday. A letter of request will be sent to New York Power Authority to use funds from an account belonging to the town.

“The account has been there for 10 years and hasn’t been used,” Town Supervisor Mark Scott said.

The project has a price tag of $146,800. It is funded by $70,000 from the St. Lawrence River Valley Redevelopment Agency and $76,800 from the town’s Waddington Hepburn Library and old Town Hall maintenance fund.

“It’s moving along quite well; they are getting ready to start painting,” Mr. Dalton said. “They will start installing the bathrooms after the painting is done.”

The building’s top floor contains a hall used primarily for weddings, concerts and private parties. The bottom floor houses the Waddington Neighborhood Center and Chamber of Commerce.

Both floors are accessible by stairs only.

As the elevator will be in front on the ground floor, the chamber offices will move to the center basement space currently occupied by the neighborhood center.

The neighborhood center will move permanently from the old Town Hall to the former Rescue Squad building, on Route 37, being leased by the town.

The Town Hall will also be used as an office for the town historian, Zachary T. Dupray.

“I’m ready to begin work, and I’ve been researching ideas for displays,” Mr. Dupray said at the meeting.

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