Town board holds special workshop

Town of Johnstown held a special meeting on Monday to discuss the town hall renovations. From the left is Councilmen Tim Rizzo, Don VanDuesen, Walt Lane, Supervisor Jack Wilson, Councilman Daryl Baldwin and code enforcer Todd Unislawski. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O’Hara)

JOHNSTOWN — The town board held a special workshop meeting on Monday discussing the pending Town Hall renovations and bidding for the project to keep everyone up-to-date on the project.

Plans for the town hall include turning two windows into doors that will lead to exterior rooms. Those rooms will be turned into an information technology and a record storage room. There will be security cameras installed and a heating upgrade. There will also be approximately 64 solar panels installed on the roof.

Town Councilman Tim Rizzo went through all the details of the project and updated the town on any issues that unexpectedly came up.

One issue discovered by the electrician is that the fire system is outdated and not inspected.

“I guess the red flag was the security system,” said Councilman Tim Rizzo.

Supervisor Jack Wilson said the security system was never hooked up.

“The alarm system wasn’t hooked up because it was going to cost like $25 a month and then the sheriff’s office is right across the road, so we made a conscious decision to not connect it,” Wilson said.

Rizzo said all the heads to the smoke detectors will have to be replaced. He said the system is however, updated, but its just the security alarm that isn’t connected. He said now that the town will have internet, the connection can be pushed through, so the internet will always be in connection with the fire control.

“It’s just something that was picked up on and the electrician said you might want to get this done because it is affecting your fire insurance,” Rizzo said. “It does not affect moving forward with the grant. I can utilize if for extra cash towards it from the grant because I did include adding fire smoke detectors in the two bays in the back. That is in conjunction with of outdated, not checked, not inspected.”

As for the security cameras, Rizzo said the court was suppose to apply for a grant for the security cameras while the town added them as part of the bid, however, the court never applied for the grant. He said there is now no funding for the security cameras.

“I don’t think it would be a game breaker,” Wilson said. “We can afford to do the cameras and the security cameras.”

Other issues that the town was made aware of was the roof. As part of the town hall project, solar panels will be put on the roof of the building, but the town’s code enforcer Todd Unislawski noticed shingles falling off the roof in the upper left corner of the building.

Wilson said the roof is approximately 16 years old. He said the new roof was done when Dave Edwards was supervisor.

“We had some issues with it leaking and instead of just fixing the leak — the roof did not look the same, the shingles in the front and back did not match — had them all ripped off and put a whole fresh new roof on,” Wilson said.

Councilmen agreed to have longer-lasting shingles put on the roof.

Other issues with the roof that concerned councilmen was some of the trusses on the roof have a dip and are slightly damaged, along with some of the ply wood. They were also concerned whether the trusses would be stable enough for the solar panels.

“Before the solar panels can be put on the roof needs to be fixed and has to be sturdy enough to hold the panels,” Rizzo said.

He suggested screwing on an extra layer of ply wood with decking screws to repair the roof and suggested possibly just doing the half of the roof where the panels are going.

“It’s not going to kill us to do just half,” Rizzo said.

Unislawski said he wasn’t sure if the trusses could handle an extra layer of ply wood.

“We need to confirm the trusses can handle the weight, and if we put the extra surface on the plywood, so we’ll have a double surface of plywood,” Lane said.

Rizzo said he wants do what is cost efficient.

“I think all we got to do is basically is move some money around to fix the roof,” Wilson said. “That’s the issue and we can do that, so when we get to the point and we understand what the bids look like, then Clyde [Nellis] and I will determine how we got to move money around. We can do it and we can pay for it.”

The town went out to bid for three separate contracts, one for IT, one for the solar panels and one for a general contract.

Rizzo said it is three separate contracts, but one project.

By Josh Bovee

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