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New Skaneateles village hall renovation work begun

Contractors began work renovating the new village hall building on Fennell Street on Jan. 7.

Contractors began work renovating the new village hall building on Fennell Street on Jan. 7. Photo by Jason Emerson.

The general contracting crew of James & Son Construction Co., Inc., of Skaneateles, started their work at the building site the week of Jan. 7 preparing the interior for the demolition of the concrete floors in order to install new plumbing pipes, Lotkowictz said.

When the demolition is completed, excavation for the piping will be done and then Avolio Brothers plumbers, of Norwich, will come in and put in the plumbing. Avolio began their work setup in the building on Monday, Jan. 14, said Don Brosh, foreman for the Avolio Brothers.

“This is a really nice structure, a nice building,” Brosh told the Skaneateles Press. “Do you know how much it would cost to build something like this today?”

When the plumbing work is completed, the framers will go in and frame up the interior walls, at which point the electricians and HVAC will begin installation, Lotkowictz said. When the weather starts to warm up, the roofing work will begin.

“I’m very pleased with all the contractors we have, they’re all engaged in the job and I’m confident will put their best foot forward to deliver a good product to the village,” Hubbard told the Skaneateles Press.

The construction plans call for the interior renovations to be finished by the end of April, with the exterior work to be done by the end of June, Lotkowictz said.

While the construction work is underway, Lotkowictz and other village officials will meet this week with representatives from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to begin the process of obtaining the $546,493 energy efficiency grant for which the village was recently approved by the state, Lotkowictz said.

At the meeting the two sides will discuss the scope of the renovation work, the budget and the timeline for the contract in order to draw up a contract that will allow the village to ultimately collect the grant money, Lotkowictz said.

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