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Damage to Front Royal offices assessed

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com

Front Royal officials expect to move several town departments into their new home this fall despite damage caused by a storm this summer.

Town Manager Steven Burke told council Monday that officials are working with Front Royal's insurance provider to cover the cost of repairs to damaged parts of the former BB&T building on Main Street. Plans call for the town to renovate the building to house Front Royal's finance, human resources, risk management, planning and zoning, and information technology departments, as well as the town clerk, attorney and manager's offices.

The rain fell at a time when crews had begun to work to repair the building's roof, according to Burke. Rain caused significant damage to the first and second floors of the west wing, Burke explained. Estimates on the storm damage include $10,000 to replace the carpet; $10,000 to make repairs to the HVAC duct; $15,000 for the walls and $3,000 to replace ceiling tiles, as well as $18,000 to remove and replace other damaged areas.

Burke said town officials expect to move the departments into the new location in either October or November.

Council Eugene Tewalt asked whether the area of the roof currently left bare could sustain any more damage from recent heavy rains. Burke said damage may not occur because of a lack of standing water on the roof but he could look into the councilman's concern. Workers replaced the shingles on pitched areas of the roof with metal; rubber matting cover flat sections, according to Burke.

"It's been done," said Mayor Timothy Darr. "It looks good it's just they're taking forever."

Front Royal purchased the former BB&T bank building for $1.1 million to use for several town departments. Council approved a measure to transfer $1.5 million in the form to a 10-year loan from energy services to the town's general fund to cover the purchase price. The amount also includes a renovation budget of $388,140.

Work authorized and underway includes the installation of an elevator and related mechanical room set to cost approximately $94,000, according to information from the town. Renovations also includes roof repairs at $60,681; improvements to the computer network at $83,190; and work on the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at close to $30,000. The budget includes $2,500 for new window blinds and $207 to clean the bathroom. Burke noted in his report the network wiring is nearly complete and the roofing contractor has begun their work.

"All of this work has commenced and we're hoping to complete sometime in September," Burke told council.

Remaining work includes: $25,000 for flooring; $20,000 for wall coverings and paintings; $20,000 for building security and locks; $12,500 for an enclosure of the finance area; $5,000 each for ceiling tiles and flagpoles; and $500 for signs. Moving is expected to cost $15,000.

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