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The current town hall facility, 141 West Grand St., Palatine Bridge, contains a courtroom and numerous offices in a compact, aging space.


Town board discusses municipal building construction/renovation options

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - Updated: 5:37 PM


C-S-E Editor

PALATINE BRIDGE -- The Palatine Town Board discussed numerous town municipal building construction and renovation options during last Wednesday's monthly meeting.

The board reviewed two estimates, the first detailing the construction of a new town office with the renovation of the existing structure at 141 West Grand St. to be used as a court complex, including asbestos testing and abatement. That estimate came in at $548,000.

The second option reviewed the renovation of the existing building with new construction for a court building, also including asbestos testing. The estimate came in at $649,000.

Years ago, the town board set aside money specifically to fund municipal space construction or renovation. There is currently $400,763.38 available.

If the council moves forward with renovations, the next step in the process will be to have an asbestos survey done in the current municipal building. Two quotes were also received for that process, the first business estimating that they'd charge $600 for labor, plus the cost of sampling depending on how many samples are collected. A moderate cost of roughly $1,500 for sampling was provided.

The second estimate was for $750 labor, plus the cost of sampling, the moderate cost provided for the sampling being $2,500.

To obtain samples, parts of the wall or ceiling will be removed to access asbestos. The area would be swabbed down with a soap-like material to keep the asbestos contamination from spreading. The removed portion of the wall or ceiling would then be repaired.

"I don't think it makes sense to put any money into this building," Councilmember Richard Becker stated.

Councilmember Betty Sanders said "we can't have the court and offices here."

It was noted that should the current town municipal building undergo renovations, certain areas would be cordoned off during the process. Code Enforcement Officer Clifford Dorrough said that if the roof receives substantial work, nobody would be allowed in the building.

The board decided to revisit the issue during their May meeting, which will be held the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.


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