First Phase of Municipal Building Facade Restoration Set to Begin

Posted on 08 March 2012

The Village of Sag Harbor has awarded a bid for the first phase of the restoration and rehabilitation of its Municipal Building. During Friday afternoon’s budget work session, the board awarded 4 Star Contracting Incorporated the contract to restore the façade of the first floor of the Municipal Building, re-pointing and fixing any damaged bricks or masonry, as well as windows.

The Plainview based company will be paid $8,750 for the work.

On Tuesday, Sag Harbor Mayor Brian Gilbride said he plans to have the whole of the Municipal Building restored and this would be a first phase in a larger project to fix the exterior, install an elevator and open up the third and fourth floors of the building.

Mayor Gilbride said he is calculating the cost of the Municipal Building project, as well as the remediation at Havens Beach, a proposed bulkhead at West Water Street and now the potential cost to restore the windmill adjacent to Long Wharf. While he maintained a commitment to each project, Mayor Gilbride said this year not all of them would be funded and that any money needed for the projects would not be raised through the tax levy but would be funded out of the village’s reserve account, which has between $2.1 to $2.2 million in it.

“Right now we are just waiting to see what bids come back for the West Water Street project,” said Mayor Gilbride on Tuesday.

Earlier this year, the Sag Harbor Village Board voted to move forward with plans to construct a 568-foot vinyl bulkhead at the beach as well as five four-by-four platforms with stairs to allow access to the beach and dockage. The village’s Harbor Committee opposed the plan, but trustees decided to move forward regardless because of massive erosion at the site, which after a few storms threatened a nearby roadway that sits over power, water and septic lines.

On Friday, the board voted to go out to bid for the bulkhead project at the request of Superintendent of Public Works Dee Yardley.

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