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Weather delays Edinburg School project

By Alex Bridges

WOODSTOCK - Weather set back renovations to the old Edinburg School but crews plan to make up the lost time, a Shenandoah County official said Tuesday.

Facilities manager Duane Williams gave an update on the renovations under way at the old Edinburg School and the historic courthouse in Woodstock.

Crews recently removed the building's heating-oil tank and sold it for scrap, Williams said. Workers have completed approximately 75 percent of the necessary demolition. The contractor has begun to install ductwork, plumbing and the electrical system for the building. Crews have removed approximately 80 percent of the hazardous materials such as asbestos from the building, according to Williams.

Workers have started excavation work for the addition to the school building, Williams said.

Chairman Conrad Helsley asked if the project remains on schedule. The question comes up at progress meetings held by county officials and the contractor.

Williams said they are ahead of schedule on the interior.

"They're a little bit behind on the exterior, primarily because of weather," Williams said.

"[On that] we have a deadline," Williams added. "It has to be complete and they assured us this past Thursday that they would make that deadline."

Caldwell Santmyer is the contractor working on renovations to the school and to the historic courthouse. The renovations have to be completed in time for the next school year. Charterhouse School plans to use space in the building to provide educational services to certain special needs students in and around Shenandoah County. The Department of Parks and Recreation also intends to use part of the building.

At the historic courthouse in Woodstock, crews have removed 100 percent of the hazardous material from the building, according to Williams. Workers have demolished most of the partitions from inside the historic courthouse and Williams told the board he expects the contractor to begin replacing the partitions and start work on the exterior of the building soon.

Also at the meeting, supervisors:

  • Heard a presentation by representatives for the Shenandoah Alliance for Shelter and the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission pertaining to homelessness in the area. The Alliance recently has shifted its approach from providing temporary shelter to finding permanent housing.

  • Heard a presentation to update the board on an initiative to find a beneficial use for gas released from the landfill.

  • Discussed proposed changes to the county's conservation easement program pertaining to the board's role in easement requests.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com

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