After nearly three months of renovations, officials unveiled the new entrance to Pawling Town Hall on August 29. The new façade consists of a welcoming postmodern, neoclassic portico, designed to blend with the architecture of the main building. The Town of Pawling offices and Justice Court can now resume functioning without the disruption from construction. The completion of the project was announced during a brief ceremony presided over by Supervisor David Kelly, Councilman William Johnson, and State Senator Terrance Murphy.
The refinished front entrance includes new vinyl siding, doors, and columns. In addition, the sidewalk leading to the main entrance features in-ground electric heat sensors built directly into the concrete slabs. A temperature control will allow the temperature to be raised to melt ice and increase safety during inclement weather. The facelift to Town Hall was performed by Trademark Custom Building and Woodworking. “It was nice to be able to use a local contractor and have them on site every day,” said Supervisor Kelly. “We strive to keep things local as much as possible.”
Trademark has been a family owned and operated business in Pawling for more than 50 years. “Being lifetime residents of Pawling, Trademark Custom Building is proud to be part of any revitalization project in town,” said contractor Chris Clowry.
The renovations to Town Hall were made possible by a grant from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) and was facilitated by Senator Murphy. DASNY offers funds and assistance for design, renovation, and construction of public buildings across the state. “The Town Hall entranceway was in real need of modernization,” explained Kelly, “and because of the grant that Senator Murphy was able to secure through DASNY, the taxpayers of Pawling will not be burdened with the cost. This project was a true local success.”
Going forward, the next project will be renovations to the annex building adjacent to Town Hall which houses American Legion Hasler-Kamp Post #215. In addition to Post #215, the annex building also hosts a number of programs for senior citizens. The future renovations will aim to make the entrance more accessible and grant visitors better access to the second floor, as well as providing the building an updated look. Officials stressed the need for improved accessibility to the facility, especially with regard to the Veterans of the American Legion. “Anything that we can do for our Veterans, we’re all in on it,” said Senator Murphy. “We should be rolling out the red carpet for them.”
Town officials expect contractor bids for the annex project to be returning soon.