MIDDLEPORT — The building which once served as Middleport Village Hall, police department and fire department will be torn down as soon as possible following an emergency council meeting on Thursday afternoon.
Mayor Sandy Iannarelli and Building Inspector Mike Hendrickson explained that a portion of the former village hall building has already begun to fall and that creaking and cracking can be heard.
It is not if, but when it would fall, explained Hendrickson. The building is estimated to have been constructed in the 1860s.
Iannarelli and Hendrickson discussed the potential liability should the building fall on neighboring structures or individuals.
“We can’t take the chance of it falling,” said Iannarelli.
Iannarelli recalled the numerous memories the building holds for residents of Middleport, from serving as the village hall to the fire department and hosting numerous family and other community events.
Hendrickson stated that Chris Hutton had looked at the building and agreed it needed taken down as soon as possible. Hutton gave an estimate of $35,000 to $38,000, with much of the costs associated with landfill disposal.
Council approved having Hutton take down the building as soon as possible, maybe as early as Friday.
Approval was also given for the mayor and Fiscal Officer Sue Baker to enter into a loan with whichever bank provides the best rate on a loan for the project.
Hendrickson was to contact Hutton on Thursday after the meeting regarding the possibility of beginning the project on Friday (today).
Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.