Windsor Town Hall work progressing

Published 9:10 am Tuesday, February 8, 2011

WINDSOR – Progress is being made on the renovations to the Windsor Town Hall, closed since last October after mold was discovered underneath the building.

A concrete floor has already been poured in the new structures and just over a week ago, members of the Windsor Board of Commissioners approved new windows for the facility.

The next major obstacle will be the replacement of the heating and cooling system as well as the lighting. All of that will be accomplished thanks to an energy efficiency grant received through the state of North Carolina.

That grant was applied for as part of plans for remodeling the Windsor Town Hall. Those plans were made before the flooding which followed the remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole.

“We were very fortunate to find out about a week after the flood that we had been approved for the grant,” Windsor Mayor Jimmy Hoggard said. “That will help with the work that has to be done to the building because of the flooding.”

The mayor said the town was currently awaiting word to proceed with bidding the heating and cooling systems for the facility. He expects that to happen within a week or 10 days.

Mayor Hoggard said the timing appeared to be about one month before the new windows would go into town hall and that the heating and cooling systems would probably be on the same timetable.

“After they are in, we can finish the work that has been started with the remodeling project,” he said.

The town board approved updating the Windsor Police Department Office and that of Police Chief Rodney Hoggard as well as adding additional storage downstairs.

In the upstairs portion of the building, there will be a new office for Town Administrator Allen Castelloe, who currently works in a space outside the mayor’s office. Mayor Hoggard’s office will also be updated.

If all plans fall into place, the town staff could be back inside the building within two months.

“We have had some delays along the way, but none of them have been long. Hopefully that will continue to be the case,” Mayor Hoggard concluded.