By Justin Roshak, Contributing Writer
HUDSON – Renovation work at Town Hall has been delayed by the discovery of lead paint in at least two locations within the building.
On Aug. 9, the Select Board approved a $24,750 contract to remove the paint and clear the way for other work to resume.
Medford-based Apiary Painting was the only company that put forward a bid in response to a request for quotes from the town.
The firm is fully licensed in Massachusetts and cost estimates were within expected bounds, according to Assistant Director of Planning and Community Development Pam Helinek.
Areas in Town Hall have tested positive for layers of lead paint, according to the town’s request.
Those include the Select Board meeting room on the second floor and the Assessor’s office on the first floor. In those rooms, walls have visibly cracked.
Apiary will remove paint down to the underlying plaster or wood in affected areas.
The $24,750 cost to the town includes the total cost of labor and materials.
The project was set to commence on Aug. 16 and is expected to finish by Tuesday, August 31. Hudson’s environmental consultancy provider, United Alliance Services Corporation, will supervise safety.