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Friday, July 17, 2009

Town Hall spruce-up underway

Carlisle’s Town Hall’s exterior is being completely repainted for the first time since it was built in 1997, according to Town Administrator Madonna McKenzie. In addition, the building façade is receiving minor repairs and new carpeting will be installed in August.

Supple Construction Contracting, Inc. won the contract for the current project that includes carpentry repairs to the trim, siding and roof, in addition to the painting. J. J. Supple explained that as a general contractor he subcontracted the painting to Scott Batchelder of Batchelder Painting (see photo below). Both companies are based in Carlisle.

Dan Demello and Scott Batchelder work by the front doors as Town Hall is painted this week. (Photo by Dave Ives)

Much of the building’s trim had been painted in 2003 by prisoners from the Billerica House of Corrections, working only for the cost of lunch. However, McKenzie explained that because of the height of Town Hall the prisoners were not allowed to paint the trim on the rear of the building and were not an option for this project. Prisoners have also been used to paint the Police Station in 2003 and 2008.

Another recent repair to Town Hall involved replacement of the “widow’s walk” railing on the roof by Godin Construction after the original wooden railing had deteriorated and began to fall apart. McKenzie noted the Historical Commission approved the plastic replacement railing, which may withstand the elements better than wood.

The carpeting project is scheduled for the end of August, a traditionally quiet time of the year for Town Hall. Office areas are to be carpeted during the last two weekends, while the meeting rooms and other common spaces are to be completed during the intervening weekdays.

The painting and carpentry projects were both relatively small and were awarded to the lowest of three solicited bids, but the carpeting was more expensive and required advertising. At their meeting on July 14 the Selectmen voted to award the contract to Universal Floors, Inc., the firm that submitted the lowest bid for $23,219, well below the $40,000 budgeted. Town Meeting approved funds for painting and carpeting in 2007, but McKenzie explained that she had postponed the projects because preliminary bids had been higher than the available funding, prior to the downturn in the economy. “As the economy came down, it worked.” ∆

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