All that remained of the old Harrington Firehouse was crushed and cleared away this past week.
A hoe ram, which is essentially a large jackhammer attached to a backhoe, could be heard around the village breaking up the cement slab that once served as the firehouse floor. For the meantime, the area will be compacted into crushed stone for easier parking and plowing.
The Baldwinsville Department of Public Works rented the machine for $2,000 using funds left over from the cost of razing the building, then hauled the debris to Crush Product in Solvay. Crush Product did not charge the village a fee for dumping because the company recycles metal found in the rubble.
DPW superintendent Claude Sykes said the village should tackle the project now rather than later because it would be very difficult to plow the raised area once snow hits, plus, it will open more parking spaces for events in the village this summer.
"We'll have to remove it no matter what," Sykes said.
The village board earmarked $40,000 for the project, which included razing the building and clearing the site. Spending $29,000 on the demolition of the building plus $2,000 for last week's project, the village has $9,000 left in the fund.