Mr. Pudliner had contacted an engineering firm and environmental division to help with the school property. He explained what they had done in the past with the Round House/Train Works and Tunsall property. These groups have taken a tour of the building and will do the phase "1" for us complimentary/at no charge. This is so we can start getting grants for the school.
There needs to be an assesment grant first. ( To check safety -asbustos, mold, lead paint) this is a 75/25 grant. (How much we get -vs- how much we pay into it. To clarify, we will try to get out 25% of the cost forgiven.) Upon the initial visit they don't want anyone (public) in the building based on the dust, asbestos and mold. (For safety's sake until an assessment is done.) He also spoke to Hinkles about the roof for a ball park on total new roof. They would prefer that we go to a roofing consultant. Mr. Pudliner will contact other contractors to move forward with the roof. He has not seen anything additional with the weather coming in through the tarps currently on the roof.
Mr. Pudliner also contacted the department of agriculture to try to get rid of the voltures. Once the clock is fixed- they won't like the chiming on the hour. In addition, (on a comical note) he said that we can kill one of the birds and hang it from the bell tower and the others will not come near after that point. No one seemed to like the idea of a volture carcass hanging from the tower, but Mayor Tom recommended that Counselmen Cyburt dress as a big bird to chase them away.
Water will need to be reconnected, and new wiring will be needed.
Mr.Pudliner said we want a total seal with rubber around the dome. If citizens see anything wrong with the building they are encouraged to address concerns by calling the borough or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before the annex comes down they must have the assesment finished. The hopes are to have the annex gone before the roof is done. There will need to be a structual analysis that will need to be done to see if the annex can be salvaged. According to Mayor Tom Connors- there are cracked and descentegrated cinder blocks indicate that portion of the building is beyond repair.
Brian O'Donnell asked about the possibility of a community clean up. In addition we needed assurance that the taxes will not go up due to this building as we have promised in our mission statement. Next borough meeting Mr. Pudliner said that they will be exhonorating taxes so there will be no worry about taxes.