By Joe Wojtas
Publication: The Day
Stonington - An approximately $350,000 project to upgrade Borough Hall with improvements such as handicapped-accessible bathrooms and an elevator, is expected to be completed in the next four to six weeks.
Warden Paul Burgess said Tuesday that the borough is awaiting the delivery and installation of the elevator, which will complete the project.
The project has been envisioned for more than a decade. In 2004, the Board of Warden and Burgesses approved a plan to borrow an additional $315,000 to finish work on the new $1.7 million firehouse and begin renovations to Borough Hall.
Before Burgess took office in 2011, a new roof was put on the Church Street building that houses the Highway Garage on the ground floor and borough offices on the second floor.
About six months ago, work began on the renovations, which required excavating under the building and creating an elevator shaft as well as relocating the bathrooms. Other improvements included relocating an area for files, new doorways, a fire alarm system and electrical service.
Last month the Board of Warden and Burgesses voted to take $67,000 for road work in the current budget and use it to finish the Borough Hall work, which Burgess called a priority. While other improvements could me made to the building such as installing a new kitchen, Burgess said "We've got the most critical things done."