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September 12. 2013 10:49PM

Future is bright for Hollis Town Hall

HOLLIS — The Hollis Town Hall is looking a bit brighter these days, as work to restore the building’s exterior progresses.

During Monday night’s Hollis Board of Selectmen meeting, Town Administrator Troy Brown said a portion of the building’s new siding had been completed, and trim and the top of the clock tower have been painted.

New first-floor windows arrived earlier this month, and contracting crews were hard at work shingling and reroofing Town Hall’s connection building this week.

During the March town meeting, voters approve exterior renovations at the historic Town Hall and in early June, selectmen unanimously awarded the project contract to Nashua construction firm D.K. King & Associates.

The project’s initial bid came in at $249,493, though board members reduced the contract to $229,493 while agreeing to address any additional problems, such as decaying wood, as they arise.

Money from the town’s $350,000 repairs fund also went toward the project, which includes the replacement of aging paint and siding.

During a public hearing on July 15, Heritage Commission Chairman David Sullivan told the board it was important to consider the structure’s color when renovating the 123-year-old building.

Sharing an old photograph of the Hollis Town Hall, Sullivan said the building was originally a darker color but was painted white in the 1950s.

“The town has a rare opportunity to restore this building and I hope the community will take the time to consider what the building once was and what it will look like in the future,” Sullivan told selectmen,

However, at the time of the Town Meeting vote, the board made it clear that the building would be painted white, with natural shingles and earth-toned trim.

Following the July hearing, selectmen said they received approximately 40 emails urging them to paint Town Hall white and ultimately agreed to stick to the original plan.

The renovation project should be completed in about a month, town officials said.

“Right now, we’re looking good as far as the timeline goes,” Brown said this week. “Fortunately, the weather has been cooperative.”

Brown added that the town is seeking quotes for the installation of upstairs storm windows, which need replacement before the cold sets in.
aguilmet@newstote.com


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