By Laura Hayes, Contributing Writer
HUDSON — The Select Board agreed to enter into two contracts totaling about $26,000 to repair water damage to Town Hall and explore repairs needed to the building’s chimney during their June 7 meeting.
“It appears that the chimney is not adequately venting steam from the new boiler,” wrote Pam Helinek, Acting Assistant Director of Planning and Community Development, in a memo to the Select Board.
The Select Board approved a $17,585 contract with the Randy Hicks Company to do repairs to the interior of Town Hall and an $8,530 contract with McKeown Masonry to conduct exploratory work of the chimney.
Over the past several years, the town has been working to repair Town Hall after there were leaks in the roof.
Helinek wrote that the water damage is increasing. Specifically, the walls in the Select Board Meeting Room and Assessor’s Office are beginning to crumble.
During the meeting June 7, Helinek anticipated that a second contract may be needed for any repairs following the exploratory chimney work.
Chair Scott Duplisea said Select Board meetings, which may resume in-person this month, would temporarily be moved to the shared Police Station and Department of Public Works building off Cox Street.