October 16, 2008


New Marathon Town Hall to open next month


Bob Ellis/staff photographer      
Marathon Town Supervisor Chuck Adams stands in the new courtroom which will also be used for town meetings, inside the new Town Hall on Route 221 in the village.

Staff Reporter

MARATHON — The new Town Hall building on 40 W. Main St. is expected to open in about a month, Town Supervisor Charles Adams Jr. said Monday. The building will replace the building currently being used at 16 Brink St.
Adams said he expects the cost of buying the building and renovating it to be about $590,000 when all of the work is finished.
The work already completed — which includes the building acquisition; design and permits; interior demolition; general construction; electrical, heating, air conditioning, ventilation and plumbing — has cost $468,090. So far, change orders have amounted to about $14,000, Adams said.
Adams said he did not have a formal budget with a total expected cost for the project, only a budget that was formed after the construction began, so the change order costs are estimates.
“We’re very much in line with what we thought it was going to be. It’s not more than we expected,” Adams said.
He estimates additional change orders, project management, site work and court furnishings will cost an additional $91,557.
Construction workers still have to finish the floor to address a moisture problem on its lower level, furnish the lower level and pave a parking lot behind the building, which will likely bring the total to about $590,000, Adams said.
Adams said the project will cost taxpayers 8 cents per $1000 of assessed property value over the life of the project, which is 15 years.
Adams said the town borrowed a bond anticipation note for $325,000 for the project, and it had a reserve account with $180,000 saved in anticipation of the project.
The board has received one proposal for the parking lot project, and it is waiting to receive two others before it awards the bid, Adams said.
This past April, the town was awarded $10,000 in state funding secured by Sen. Jim Seward for the construction project, Adams said.
The building includes wheelchair accessible entrances, new offices for town officials, a larger courtroom, a prisoner-holding area and a fire-resistant storage room for court records.
Adams said the old Town Hall building was too small. Its courtroom seated 20 to 25 people, and only the court clerk had an office inside the building, he said.
The new courtroom can seat about 60 people, and the building includes offices for the town supervisor, town clerk, town justice, tax collector and other officials, Adams said.
The town purchased the building for $132,244 in 2007.
The building design and acquiring permits cost $20,785, and interior demolition cost $2,490.
Boukeville-based D. Hillman and Sons completed the general construction work for $197,685, Endicott-based Wade Electric did the electrical work for $46,260, Endicott-based Climate Control did the heating, air conditioning and ventilation work for $36,889 and Gary Adams from Tully did the plumbing work for $31,797, Adams said.
The town purchased the building in 2007 from Margaret Foote, who ran a nursery school in the building. It was originally the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses when it was constructed in 1971.
The board has not yet decided what it will do with the Town Hall building on Brink Street.


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