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Town Hall window a bigger fix than it appears

The windows at Prescott’s Town Hall need to be replaced.

At last night’s Committee of the Whole meeting the issue of the boarded up window was raised and possible solutions were debated. The Mayor and council agreed something needed to be done but Director of Operations Dan Beattie pointed out the job is bigger than it appears.

Before members of the current town council were involved the windows were replaced at town hall. After a window in town hall started cracking horizontally Beattie brought in an architect and structural engineer to help determine the problem. The two professionals determined the windows that had been installed were residential glass and not up to spec with such a heavy building. As a result all of the windows in the building will need to be replaced in the near future or they will also start to crack.

Councillor Lee McConnel asked if it was possible to check whether the windows were approved for the building by the engineering firm who did the work. If so he wondered whether they might bare some of the cost of replacing them. A number of solutions were debated including replacing a single window and painting a mural on the plywood. The council decided the best short term solution would be Councillor Teresa Jansman’s suggestion of painting it to match the trim.

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