By Chris Mellides
Originally planned to open its doors as early as Oct. 1, the new Village Hall in Asharoken won’t be ready for its unveiling until the middle of next month.
Village Trustee Mel Ettinger, who visits the new building site daily, said that the interior work at the new Village Hall has been completed, with heating, Internet and phone services connected, but that the delay was caused by “the need to put in a new drainage pipe.”
“As a result of the septic system design, we had to move a drainage pipe, which was something that we hadn’t planned on, so that has delayed us a couple of weeks,” Ettinger said.
The budget in place for the construction of the new Village Hall was estimated at roughly $960,000. Add to that a $100,000 contingency applied at the start of the Village Hall project and the cost of the new $17,000 drainage pipe will be covered under the appropriated funding, Ettinger said.
“The drainage pipe was something that we had to do and we had a resolution. It’s something we weren’t planning on, but we’re still within budget,” he said.
Asharoken’s original Village Hall was damaged by superstorm Sandy in 2012. Construction of the new building has been under way since December.
The new Village Hall will house Asharoken’s police station, clerk’s office, courtroom and trustee conference area, and it will provide locals with shelter in the event of an emergency.
Ettinger said that, other than the drainage pipe issue, additional curbing working and parking lot paving still needs to be done. Other than that, the new Village Hall is almost ready for business.
“We’re talking about having a grand opening sometime in the middle to the end of October,” Ettinger said. “We’re contacting various politicians that we want to hopefully have in attendance and picking the day will somewhat depend on the availability of some of those people.”