By Anne Roth
When you drive out Borodino/Spafford way, you'll notice that renovation, restoration and renewal is underway. Most projects are planned, such as historic Borodino Hall. One, however, was not: Spafford Town Hall.
The Sunday before Christmas brought heavy rains to the snow-covered town. A thaw followed. Water and mud forced their way under a door at the south end of the Town Hall, flowing into the office area and seeping under carpeting. Renovation was necessary; work is underway.
All contents were crammed into the adjoining meeting room: records, maps and desks for the assessor, tax collector, the building department, town clerk and town court. In the empty office, a new industrial tile floor has been laid. Lisa Valletta, town clerk, her son Jeremy and Kim Read, who wears several hats - deputy clerk, building department and zoning board secretary and custodian - are busy painting the walls a soft apricot/peach color. Some ceiling tiles have been replaced to make the room crispy clean. Soon they will have the task of moving everything back.
"We're making do," Read said.
The Town Hall, just off the Borodino Four Corners, is the town hub. The Spafford Seniors, Spafford Historical Society, the garden club SAGE as well as all official town meetings and court are held there.
Kim Fairchild, the new code enforcement officer, was on the job less than a week when the storm water hit. "It was quite a surprise," he said.
Other changes around town
Meanwhile, the old house painted gray at the northwest corner of routes 41 and 174, is being restored by Frank Moran. A longtime nearby resident, Moran decided to do his bit to help restore it to its former pristine condition.
"I did not want to see that building town down. The satisfaction I will get to see it restored is satisfaction in itself," he said.