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Ti Armory faces cold winter

Legal dispute delays repairs to boilers

— Malaney said trustees are considering an emergency declaration at the building, which would allow the town to speed through the normal bidding process.

“We’re doing our best; we want to get heat in there are quickly as possible,” the supervisor said. “We can’t make any promises, though. There are just too many variables.”

While waiting for the go-ahead to work on the damaged heating system the town board is investigating other options.

“The cost of fuel (oil) is so expensive it may not make sense to put another oil boiler in there,” Malaney said. “We’re looking at alternatives. (Trustee) Jeff Cook has been researching a wood pellet boiler system.”

The wood pellet system is more expensive to install, Malaney said, but cheaper to operate than an oil system.

During the August town board meeting trustees voted to have an engineering study done to review the feasibility of different heating systems.

Malaney said the town spends about $45,000 a year for heat and electricity in the Armory.

“It’s such an expensive building to maintain,” she said. “This is an opportunity to see if we can save some money in the future.”

It’s likely an alternative heating system will cost more to install than the $93,119 the insurance is providing. With that in mind the town is seeking an energy-efficiency grant from the state that could pay 75 percent of the cost. The remaining 25 percent would be covered by the insurance payment or in-kind services.

Should the Armory not have heat this winter, the senior and youth programs will be forced to re-locate. The town board is already discussing possible homes for the groups.

“There’s no shortage of space in the community,” Malaney said. “We’ll find everyone a home, if need be. It’s still our intention and hope to get heat in the Armory this fall.”

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