At the request of Mayor Susie Steckel, Susan Hansen of the Friends of Crawford Town Hall (FOCTH) gave an update on where the renovation project's funding stands. Hansen also needed some direction as to the urgency of repairing the roof.
Hansen is hoping and planning to apply for grants with both the State Historic Society Fund and the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) for Energy Impact Assistance funds.
"The challenge was to try and get them to work together to see this as a whole project rather than break it into phases," Hansen said. "At this point with what we want to do with electrical, mechanical and plumbing, it makes more sense to do Phase II as a complete project rather than to separate it."
Both state agencies wanted current cost estimates. The FOCTH secured a grant with DOLA for an administrative grant to come up with a final design with costs for Phase II.
"Now you have to sit tight," she told the council. The base revised construction costs are $526,479. Added on to that is the costs for re-roofing the building and for providing a 400 amp main panel. That increases the costs by approximately $50,000. With architectural, contractor and contingency fees the total cost for Phase II comes to almost $759,000.
DOLA wants a 50 percent match — or about $379,000 — to make the town more competitive. Hansen said it's possible DOLA could award a grant with a smaller match, but they recommend one-half.
That match can come from the State Historic Fund, other foundations, FOCTH and the Town of Crawford.
The town made an original pledge of $150,000, of which $120,000 remains. The Friends have about $75,000 committed to the project. It is hoped that another $50,000 to $100,000 in grants could come from other foundations. "We have some good leads and some encouragement on that," Hansen said. "We are comfortable that we can come up with the match."
Three weeks ago in a meeting, the State Historic Fund said they are very interested in paying for the roof and its stabilization and some electrical work. Hansen believes those costs would come to $160,000 which would be applicable to the State Historic Fund. Hansen felt they were receptive to that amount. Their full grant cycle will be this fall with a grant award up to $200,000. The grant application would be due Oct. 1, with a draft submitted in September The grant would pay for 75 percent with a 25 percent match.
The State Historic Fund suggested a mini-grant to just re-roof and stabilize the roof if it is in need of urgent repair. The problem is the grant application would be due in October with a decision in December. Hansen asked if it was likely the town would put a new roof on in January. "If we tie it all in with the full grant application for $200,000, you'll still know in February whether or not you get that. DOLA's application is due in December. They review it in February. So the two dovetail nicely."
Tom Chamberlain, the architect, suggested a short-term fix to give the council some peace of mind. The roof could be stabilized for a few hundred dollars.
Bruce Bair, public works director, said while he was skeptical it could be shored up for a few hundred dollars, he said if that is true then it could be worthwhile to do. The trustees discussed that the roof has lasted a long time. Bair will speak with the architect about his ideas for the fix.
If the grant applications are successful, funds would be available for the project in the spring. If they are unsuccessful, both DOLA and the State Historic Fund have grant cycles next April.
Hansen said the FOCTH would proceed with submitting applications for the grants in October and December for the whole project.
Mayor Susie Steckel said both state agencies were very encouraging.blog comments powered by Disqus