Middletown Town Hall renovations on track

MIDDLETOWN – Town Hall renovations are expected to be done sometime in May.

Daniel Taylor, owner of DSM Construction, said the project is on schedule and on budget.

Engineers are due out to inspect the installed heating and cooling systems, new electrical wiring, plumbing and other work. Once cleared, DSM crews will close everything up and move forward to finishes, such as painting the ceilings and the walls.

“We are looking good,” Taylor said.

Town administrators budgeted $500,000 from the current and the next fiscal year to pay for needed renovations to the original Town Hall.

“We are looking good,” Taylor said.

DSM crews still  plan to build a staircase inside the building. Access to upstairs now is gained from a metal staircase on the outside of the building.

Officials would like the upper floor to be used as an archive space to showcase the history of Middletown. It could also be used for space for organizations, such as the Boy Scouts, to use.

One of the more challenging moments so far in the renovation came from the addition of a new break room and bathroom.

“We had a bit of a time tying into the existing sewer,” Taylor said.

Middletown’s Town Hall, located at 7875 Church St., is about 150 years old. Mold forced town employees to move and prompted the renovation work. The mold was safely removed, a new roof and siding installed and the building sealed to make it water tight and healthy to work in.

Eleven new windows, some with architectural details made of PVC that mimic the originals, were installed.

Mayor Charles Harbaugh said he is happy with how the renovations are looking