Century-Old Structure

GERRY The Gerry Town Hall was built for the town’s Grange association more than 100 years ago in 1912.

This is one reason why town officials are looking into the possibility of renovating the century-old structure.

John Crossley, Gerry supervisor, said town officials are in the early stages of looking into having the building renovated.

”We had an architect come in to look over the building to see if it is sound enough to be renovated because it is more than 100 years old,” he said. ”This was the first step. If things are sound, as we believe they are, we will look into grant money and see if we have enough funding to renovate it.”

Crossley said a lack of space for town officials is one reason for the possible renovation. Plus, to follow state regulations for the storage of town records.

”We need a lot more room. The state requires us to hold records and, with things busier than they were 10 to 15 years ago, we need more room,” he said. ”The judge needs more room. The clerk needs more room. It needs to be reconfigured for our needs now.”

The supervisor said the second floor could be turned into a meeting room, but then it would need to be made handicapped accessible, which means installing an elevator. He said most likely the second floor will be turned into a storage area for paperwork.

Crossley said there is the possibility of using another building in Gerry to use as town hall. However, there aren’t many buildings to select from.

”In the town there are not a whole lot of other buildings we have found to suit our needs,” he said. ”It is a possibility if we can find another building. The renovation (of the town hall) is not written in stone. We’re looking into all our options. It all comes down to what we can afford to do.”

Crossley emphasized this is the beginning stage of looking into a possible renovation of the town hall.

”We are in the very infantile stages of looking into our options,” he said. ”We’re going to feel things out for now and get an idea of what we want to do, and find out how much it will cost us.”