Penfield panel outlines timeframe for action on $4.9M in repair funds
The Penfield Building Committee is ready to start the process of trying to secure $4.9 million to rebuild the pavilion damaged by Superstorm Sandy and closed for the two intervening years.
In an update to the Board of Selectmen last week, committee Chairman Jim Bradley said the panel will make its formal request for the repair money to the selectmen at the Oct. 1 meeting, and assuming that approval is granted, will appear before the Board of Finance on Oct. 7 and then the Representative Town Meeting on Oct. 27.
"Last week, the committee voted on a funding request for option 7," Bradley said, and that option is now in design development.
Option 7 calls for the pavilion's east wing of lockers to be demolished, and moving the west wing temporarily into the parking lot. While the building is in the parking lot, timber piles would be driven for the structure and a new, elevated foundation for the building created before it is moved back in place. A small addition with bathrooms would be added on the building's east side when it is moved back into place.
Bradley said any necessary interior repairs to the west wing can be done while the building is in the parking lot.
"That's a significant advantage," he said.
"The building was damaged by both Irene and Sandy," Bradley said, and after Irene in 2011, not all the recommended repairs were made. But Sandy's storm surge undermined the structure and buckled the floor, forcing officials to close it for the last two beach seasons.
He said many residents have asked if the pavilion is incurring additional damage the longer it sits unrepaired.
"Right now, this summer, we have a repairable building," Bradley said. "I'm not saying, however, that you're going to want to leave it there much longer."
The committee considered about 11 different options, he said, for repairing and reopening the pavilion.
"Cost was never far away from our deliberations," Bradley said.
The town expects an insurance settlement of $1.75 million and has received a $250,000 state grant. There are expectations that some of the cost also will be able to be reimbursed through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.