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Windsor Town Hall renovations nearly complete

WINDSOR – Moving back home.

The Windsor Board of Commissioners and staff hope to be doing just that in the near future.

During Thursday morning’s meeting of the board, Town Administrator Allen Castelloe said the group was likely gathering at the Windsor Fire Department for the last time.

Mayor Pro-Tempore Hoyt Cooper began the discussion by saying he was excited about the progress being made in the town hall building.  The board has met at the fire station while renovations were being performed at town hall.

“I think the town hall is coming along well,” he said. “I can tell a big difference in just the last month. From what I see the town hall is going to be a very nice-looking building.”

The structure has been closed for more than a year for remodeling and renovations. The town board was already in the process of discussing renovations to the aging facility when it the remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole flooded the town in September of 2010.

While the town hall was not flooded, there were issues with mold under the structure causing officials to evacuate the building.

While the flooring was removed to take care of the issue, the decision was made to continue with renovations and handle all of the prospective plans at one time. That process has been on-going for nearly a year.

Cooper, who was appointed to head the renovation project by Mayor Jimmy Hoggard, said the project is nearing completion.

“Things are working along well,” he said.

Castelloe said he wasn’t sure the entire structure would be complete by the next board meeting (scheduled for Feb. 9), but that it would likely be 99 percent complete.

“I think the next meeting will be held in town hall,” he said. “We may have a few touchup items to complete, but I think we can plan to have that meeting in the building.”

After the board adjourned, Hoggard said he was pleased with the look of the new town hall and that he would say the structure’s renovation is 90 percent complete. The work done to the mayor’s office and town administrator’s office is complete, he added.

The exact date for completion of the project and for town staff to return to using the facility will be determined by how quickly contractors finish the remainder of the job.