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The front of Town Hall has been covered with scaffolding as repairs continue on the roof and dormers.

Adams Selectmen Approve Additional Funds For Town Hall

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen approved a $60,000 reserve fund transfer on Wednesday to address unforeseen additions to the Town Hall roof repair project.
 
Town Administrator Jay Green requested the funds to cover additional structural and masonry work atop building.
 
"With any project, once they get into it they have found other issues and concerns with the roof structure," Green said. "It is mostly structural, dormers, some of the scrapping on the gutters to hold them up as well as the four chimneys they need masonry work."
 
The roof has not been maintained since the building's original renovation into town offices. The project was bid last year but did not start until this spring. Officials did not want to start the project during the winter.  
 
Green said it will cost nearly $32,800 to make some of these critical structural repairs to the former American Legion post home. He said the additional amount would be for the chimney work, which is estimated to cost between $15,000 and 20,000. 
 
Although this work does not have to be done now, he said, it would be prudent to complete it while the scaffolding is still in place.
 
"In order to do all of that work they need the scaffolding and scaffolding has a very high mobilization cost," Green said. "It is approximately $850 a week to rent all of that."
 
Selectman Joseph Nowak said he was happy to put more money toward Town Hall but wished a more comprehensive overview of the 1907 building had been done because it was apparent that the building's issues go deeper than just the roof.
 
"When I look at the extent of this I am a lot more concerned about a lot of these other things," Nowak said. "This looks to be more of a Band-Aid approach and I think more needs to be done if we want to do this right."
 
Community Development Director Donna Cesan agreed but noted the original project only encompassed the roof and that this was from a past administration. She said she felt a more comprehensive approach would have been better.
 
She did add that she thought the company, Titan Roofing, was doing a great job.
 
"I have been very pleased with their work and their workmanship so I think we are getting our money's worth," Cesan said. "I think we are doing right by this building." 
 
The $60,000 transfer would bring the town's stabilization account down to $75,000 and although the Selectmen approved the transfer it left them unnerved
 
"That will put us below $100,000," Nowak said. "That just puts us one calamity away."
 
The Finance Committee now have to approve the transfer. 

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Adams Selectmen Hear From Ale House Owner

By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Staff

Nate Girard explains his predicament to the Selectmen on Wednesday.
ADAMS, Mass. — Nate Girard and his longtime friend Erik Pizani decided to buy the Saint Stanislaus Kostka Hall in 2012. The property had a rich history in town and most people had memories of bowling, playing pitch, attending a wedding, or just sitting at an old red leather stool and enjoying a cheap beer.
 
The two partners, along with another investor, spent hundreds of thousands of dollars bringing the structure up to code and restoring the bar and kitchen. The Adams Ale House was born. Both of them ran the restaurant, bought houses, had kids, went into real estate together, and celebrated the boom and even the bust times. 
 
Pizani eventually left the restaurant business and left Girard as the sole owner of the building. Girard decided to lease the restaurant space to focus solely on real estate and his young family. The new operators didn't last long in a tough restaurant market and went out of business in December 2018.
 
The building on East Hoosac Street has sat unused since then. Girard has it listed it on several sources and is still hopeful he can find a taker. The idle liquor license he still holds, however, has become an issue for the town.
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