Tivoli Village Hall restorations underway

Overdue repairs will help Tivoli’s Village Hall start the New Year right.

The elevator was damaged in last October’s Hurricane Sandy, and the roof and steps have long needed some extra attention due to what Mayor Bryan Cranna calls normal wear and tear.

The roof construction has been completed, elevator construction is expected to be done by mid-January, and new stone steps will be installed in the spring.

The whole project is funded by a bond approved by the Board of Trustees last spring.

The roof was a $16,300 project by Superior Roofing, and uses a watertight construction to help protect against future leaks.

The new elevator, manufactured by ThyssenKrupp, is estimated to take 100 hours of labor to be installed, two-story elevator piston included. It will cost $50,000.

New stone steps, a $3,400 cost, will be matched to the current steps for historical accuracy, except the railings will be embedded in the ground rather than in the stone.

The improvements also include a sump pump as well as alarms to monitor water levels in the building. Work on remaining drainage issues will be completed in the spring.

Since last February, the village board has been meeting in the American Legion Hall or the Fire House, so that the meetings can be in a handicapped-accessible location.

It’ll be done sooner than I thought, Cranna said of the construction at the Nov. 13 Tivoli board workshop, adding that he intends to hold the February board meeting in Village Hall.

Along with the repairs, Village Hall will also receive a beauty treatment, funded by private donation. The interior walls will be painted and Tivoli resident Jeff Card will landscape the perimeter, to include a crushed blue stone walkway, plants and landscaping.

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