Wagram weighs repairs on town nutrition site

By Mary Katherine Murphy

May 2, 2014

WAGRAM — The Wagram Town Board discussed progress on replacement of the McKay Street nutrition site during its regular meeting on Thursday.

The board approved contracting with Keenan Construction and Consulting of Wilmington to test the 70-year-old existing structure, which was donated to the town by the American Legion, for asbestos prior to its demolition.

The company quoted $680 to gather 10 samples for testing, according to Floyd Adams of the Adams Company in Warsaw. The cost could be greater, as more may be needed. The cost does include a second inspection and retesting after removal of asbestos, if it is found.

“I’m going to anticipate there being some there, but it’s probably going to be in the tile on the floor or maybe some on the roof,” Adams said. “So what that would mean is you’d have to hire an asbestos abatement contractor to come in and remove the tile from the floor.”

Adams also presented two preliminary floor plans, including location of kitchen, storage rooms, large open dining area, and ADA-compliant restroom facilities, for the new 2,400-square-foot site to be constructed at the same site.

The town plans to pay for the estimated $185,000 cost to construct a new center with Community Development Block Grant funds.

In other business, the board discussed the likelihood of holding the Wagram Pick Pickin’ Festival this fall, as few plans have been made as of yet. The festival was cancelled last year.

“It’s May, and we have it in September. Are we going to have enough time to put this together with entertainment?” asked Town Clerk Phyllis Lowery. “Personally, from all the years that I have done this, it’s too late.”

Mayor Milton Farmer said that he will reach out to Wagram resident and state Rep. Garland Pierce, who has in the past expressed interest in revitalizing the festival.

“If we can’t get anything started, we’ll just go ahead and not do it,” he said.

The board also approved a budget amendment reflecting the use $511 of administration funds to repair an air conditioning unit at the town hall. That unit will likely need to be replaced in the next fiscal year.

The board will hold its budget meeting for the 2014-2015 fiscal year at 5 p.m. on May 13.

In other business, Farmer put before the board the question of renting the town hall for public use, citing several requests to use the building for community meetings and to use the parking lot for car washes and cookouts.

“We’ve had some people who want to use the building other than for town business,” he said. “I say we probably need to stay away from that.”

A motion made by board member Pascal Stewart not to allow the public to use the town hall for events failed for lack of a second. No further action was taken, but Farmer said that the town hall will not be rented before the board explicitly decides to do so.

Mary Katherine Murphy can be reached at 910-276-2311, ext. 17. Follow her on Twitter @emkaylbg.