Londonderry councilors approve spending $47,500 for new Lions Hall floor
During Monday night’s Town Council meeting, board members voted unanimously in favor of using money from the expendable maintenance trust fund to finance the project.
Lions Hall, located at 265 Mammoth Road, was temporarily shuttered last month when a routine inspection revealed structural weaknesses in the floor of the building’s main function hall.
“We didn’t waste time in ripping out the old floor to see what the issues are,” he added. “To delay repairs would mean delaying a number of both private and public events at Lions Hall.”
Town officials noted the project entails a seven-step process where the remainder of the old flooring and framing will be torn out and a new frame and 24 pour footings installed, along with added support for existing beams.
Rather than put the project out to bid, town officials agreed to use the same contractor that replaced the roof at the Londonderry Senior Center last year.
Steve Cotton, the town’s administrative support coordinator, said some of the floor’s main support timbers can be salvaged, though the years have definitely taken a toll on the structure.
“Maple is much more expensive,” Cotton noted.
Councilor Jim Butler said he was pleased with the price quoted, noting that he “expected it to cost about $20,000 more.”
The local Lions Hall is used for a variety of club and community activities, including American Red Cross blood drives, throughout the year.
The club was chartered in Londonderry about 40 years ago, though the hall itself is much older.
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