Board to consider firm to get stucco restoration moving

OBSERVER Photo by Jimmy McCarthy The Fredonia Village Board will vote on a proposal next week to approve the Buffalo-based engineering firm Wendel to perform engineering in order to replace stucco on the hose tower and damaged areas to the fire hall.

Fredonia village trustees are set to vote on a proposal to hire an engineering firm in order to get moving on replacing stucco at the hose tower and damaged sections to the Fredonia Fire Hall.

It was late last February when high winds tore the exterior sheathing off the metal stud framing on the backside of the hose drying tower. Engineers additionally found corrosion in the metal framing and water damage on the fiberglass batt insulation.

The fire hall on West Main Street is over 30 years old and has a history of building issues, particularly when it comes to moisture infiltrating the exterior stucco.

Village Administrator Richard St. George said the proposal from Wendel, an engineering firm out of Buffalo, is priced at $9,400. St. George said it doesn’t include tearing off of stucco from the building to investigate underneath.

“They’re estimating that to be another $4,000,” he said. “There’s a manlift involved because they have to get way up into the rafters into that building. It’s not a cheap process.”

Mayor Athanasia Landis said it’s a problem that definitely needs to be fixed. The issue, however, will be finding a construction company that can do it this year.

“We’re kind of a little bit late into in the season,” Landis said. “If we’re able to find somebody after this study is done, then yes we will do it this year. Otherwise we’ll do it next year. I’m hoping we’ll be doing it this year. We have to redo it.”

Trustee James Lynden said it’s time to get moving on the project.

“It’s been quite some time,” he said. “It would be nice to get this out to bid.”

The Fredonia Village Board will convene Monday for a workshop at 6:30 p.m. followed by the meeting at 7:30 p.m. at village hall.