The Board of Selectmen wants to set up a building committee to plan and oversee repair work needed for the Superstorm Sandy-damaged Penfield Pavilion.
The selectmen did not take a formal vote at their Wednesday meeting, but did reach a consensus on the proposal.
In addition, the three officials agreed they would like to have the same committee first investigate the options available to repair the beachfront structure, which has been closed since it was undermined by the storm last October. The committee would then recommend a plan for repairs and oversee the work that is eventually adopted by the required boards and commissions.
Town officials so far are considering three options presented by consultants:
- Repair the structure without raising it higher.
- Repair and elevate the building.
- Elevate and move the pavilion 80 feet north into the parking lot.
First Selectman Michael Tetreau noted Wednesday that another option suggested by some residents at a recent forum on Penfield repairs is to build a much smaller building, housing only lockers, showers and bathrooms.
There have been no cost estimates assigned to any of the options yet.
If the pavilion's damage is judged to be more than 50 percent of the building's value, it will have to be elevated, Tetreau said. "We're in the process with the insurance adjuster," he said.
Penfield Pavilion was insured, but there is a $500,000 deductible. However, there also is the possibility that the town could receive reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency of up to 75 percent of that expense. Should the town decide not to rebuild, Tetreau said, officials would negotiate a settlement from the insurance company on the loss from damages above the deductible.
Selectman Kevin Kiley said he would like to see repair work on Penfield move forward so that it could possibly be in use again next season.
Kiley asked if the building committee would also directed to focus on flood mitigation in the area. Tetreau said that would be a separate project, but that anything done at Penfield needs to take flood mitigation into consideration.