The Tisbury town hall will be closed next week and a portion of Spring street in Vineyard Haven will be closed on Friday as contractors continue painting work on the building. Spring street will be closed from Franklin to William street on Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. due to the painting of the town hall steeple, town administrator John Bugbee said. Alpha Contracting from Dedham is finishing the restoration project that began in June. The steeple has been stripped but still needs to be painted; the contractors are using a lift situated on Spring street to finish the work.
Town hall employees had been scheduled to return to their regular offices on Monday, but wind and rain throughout the week delayed exterior paint work on the building.
“When winds are above 30 miles per hour, they can’t work,” said Mr. Bugbee. “Every time an event happens, the entire schedule has to be recalculated.”
Next week municipal employees will continue operating out of their temporary location, the basement of the new emergency services facility on West Spring street. The tax collector and treasurer will work out of the town hall annex on High Point Lane.
Mr. Bugbee said town hall employees will be in full operation from their temporary location. Both parking and entrance to the basement is in the rear of the ESF building.
When contractors first began exterior paint work, town hall unexpectedly closed for the day on June 5 due to stripping agent fumes that permeated municipal employees’ offices.
“The building was more porous than we originally thought,” said Mr. Bugbee. “The fumes from the stripping agent were coming into the building more than we anticipated.”
In order to ensure safety of the town hall employees, they are relocating during the painting process.
Town employees are now scheduled to return to town hall on Monday, Oct. 1.