WINTHROP — Town of Stockholm officials will use the Tri-Town Summer Festival weekend to showcase their new municipal building on state Route 11C, down the road from their former offices in a Quonset hut that was first put up in 1948 as a temporary school building.
Visitors can check out the new facility following the Tri-Town Summer Festival Parade on July 28. There will be tours of the building, free refreshments and a short dedication at 1:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Town Clerk Heather Kish at 315-389-5171 during office hours: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Town Supervisor Clark Decker said officials moved to their new building at 540 Route 11C around February. Their now vacant former municipal building, along with a community building in Buckton, will be put up for auction in October, following a certified appraisal and environmental assessment of both buildings.
The former building had been given to the town by the Brasher School District in 1960. It was designed to be quick and temporary and had outlived its usefulness, according to Mr. Decker. During their investigation into the possible construction of a new building, town board members learned that, because of requirements to bring their former building up to code, it would have cost just as much as constructing a new municipal building.
“I really wasn’t interested in a new town office, but we needed it. There were so many violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act that we were able to get waivers on,” he said.
So they began exploring the construction of a new building, and raised money for the project with a bond issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“There is an incredible amount of detail required in the application, but the interest rate was 2.75 percent, the lowest in many years and maybe the lowest we’ll see in the life of the bond,” said Carol Simpson, a volunteer who worked on the application.
As they worked on the design, they wanted to ensure it addressed energy efficiency, security and convenient access.
“Our objective was to design a building that will be efficient to operate and adaptable to future generations’ needs. One of our goals was to make it for long-term use,” Mr. Decker said.
The new building is air conditioned and has radiant floor heat.
“It’s real comfortable,” he said.
“It’s not quite the net-zero energy building we had hoped for, but with the addition of solar panels in the near future, it will come close.”
“This means significant cost savings to the town, particularly when energy prices inevitably rise,” said Robin McClellan, a volunteer who worked on the project.
The building is also designed for future expansion. The wiring is in place if an emergency command center needs to be established in a downstairs community room, and the historian’s office has been designed so it can be split into two offices, with the electrical set up for two separate spaces. There’s also room for a commercial kitchen in the community room.
Once the design and financing were complete, work began on constructing the building in 2014.
Mr. Decker said that, as with many projects, it took longer than anticipated to complete, but the result is an attractive building that will be less expensive to operate and have space for future growth.
The upper level includes the courtroom, which doubles as the meeting room, an attorney conference room, judge’s office, supervisor’s office and town clerk’s office.
The bottom level includes a vault for permanent records, mechanical room, historian’s office, assessor’s office, standby generator and community room. An elevator was required, and there are also stairs to connect the top and bottom levels of the building.
Mr. Decker said he appreciated the work of a committee that was part of the planning process, as well as Beardsley Design, Country Corner Market, Dollar General, Heritage Homes, NBT Bank, Stewart’s and Tri-Town Packing.