Work to resume at Plainfield Town Hall
PLAINFIELD — The second phase of work to repair the 150-year-old Plainfield Town Hall is set to begin.
David Strong, chairman of the town’s Select Board, said in a news release that Greg Bartlett, owner of GSB Excavation, will begin digging around the outside perimeter of the building today and a drainage system designed by DeWolfe Engineering will be in place by the end of July. The system is meant to prevent surface water from entering the building.
The town has received a grant from the Vermont Arts Council to cover roughly 40 percent of the cost of this work. The balance is to be covered by town funds and private donations.
The hall was closed to the public in September 2011 after an inspection showed it had structural and health problems.
In January, Ernest Parrish, of Calais, and Jason Norris, of Glover, completed the first phase of work, which entailed bracing, cabling, the addition of posts and other reinforcement to the roof support system, and the replacement of rotted joists in the main hall. Half of the cost was covered by a grant from the state Division for Historic Preservation.
After the drainage system is installed, the next step will be to remove moldy wallboard from the entry level and to wash and vacuum all interior surfaces, Strong said. That work has been awarded to G.W. Savage Corp. and will be completed by mid-August, according to Strong.
The Town Hall Revitalization Committee, aiming to reopen the building in time for the annual Old Home Day Celebration on Sept. 7, has started a fund drive to raise $75,000 that is needed to complete the work. To date, $25,000 has been raised, Strong said. To contribute to the restoration fund, go to www.plainfieldvt.us.
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