BLOOMINGDALE - The columns still need to be painted, but aside from that, work finished on the steps to the St. Armand Town Hall about three weeks ago.
The final cost of the project was $64,552.98, said St. Armand Supervisor Joyce Morency. This is about $9,000 more than was estimated when work started in October 2009. Work was delayed several times, due to shipments of the wrong-sized and colored granite stones in January, and again in April, because it was too cold for the sealants to set properly.
Landscaping work around the steps still hasn't been done, Morency said, because the town needs to replace the roof's drainage system first. This project is out to bid, and will be until July 22; the town has not received any bids yet.
The front steps of the St. Armand Town Hall, seen above, have been completed.
(Enterprise photo — Nathan Brown)
Water had gotten into the old steps over time due to design issues, splitting the slabs as the water froze.
Work started on the steps in October 2009, and the project was not put out to bid. State law generally requires projects costing more than $20,000 to be put to bid, but board members argued the situation counted as an emergency, saying the cracking steps had to be removed before the winter so no one would be injured using them. Some contractors reportedly said last year they were considering asking the state to audit the town; nothing has come of this, Morency said Tuesday evening.
The town has also replaced the town hall doors, which were damaged in April after someone broke into the town hall.