The renovation of the historic Tarkiln Twin Schoolhouses on Summer Street has begun. This week, selectmen voted unanimously to accept a donation worth $16,000 to restore ten antique windows dating to 1871. The donated labor and materials come from Linda Kucera, a Hingham window restoration specialist.
Chairman of the Tarkiln Committee Tag Carpenter brought a two-pane 39-inch window sash that Kucera had recently completed to the selectmenâ€™s meeting. Carpenter said she had completely disassembled the old frame, removed the glass, which was broken under the glazing, and searched and found period glass to use as a replacement. The sash had been painted and varnished and was ready to be re-installed, he said.
â€œâ€You couldnâ€™t ask for better results,â€ Carpenter said.
The value of Kuceraâ€™s labor and materials for each sash is worth $1,600 according to Carpenter.
Kucera offered to restore Tarkilnâ€™s historic windows after she came to a spring open house held at the building, said Carpenter.
Selectmen said they plan to publicly recognize Kuceraâ€™s efforts.
Town Meeting approved $435,000 in Community Preservation Act funds for the partial restoration of the building, which was shuttered in October 2006 after a heating system failure. The project includes a new roof, septic system, bathrooms and better handicapped accessibility. The interior will also be receive a facelift.
Carpenter told selectmen that the Tarkiln renovation project will begin in earnest soon as the contract to replace the buildingâ€™s roof is awarded, which he expects will happen next week. Bids for the roof came in well below what was estimated, Carpenter said.
Bids have also been requested for a new septic system. Carpenter said that redoing the septic system, which will be in the front of Tarkiln, would completely disrupt the weekly farmerâ€™s market held there, so he is hoping this project can begin after the market ends in mid-October.
In other business, selectmen:
â€¢ Approved an event permit for the Pilgrim Church to hold a Hunger Walk around the Powder Point neighborhood on Saturday, October 17 from 10 until noon. Approximately fifty walkers are expected. The event is open to the public.
â€¢ Approved a one-day liquor license for a fundraiser for Children Without Borders on Saturday, September 5 from 5- 7 pm at 298 Powder Point Avenue. Selectmen also waived the parking restrictions for one side of that street. Children without Borders is a non-profit organization started by Dr. George Whitelaw of Duxbury to provide medical care for children and families in Costa Rica.
â€¢ Voted to allow BBSC Endurance Sports to hold a relay race in Duxbury on May 1 and 2, 2010.
â€¢ Announced Senator John Kerryâ€™s staff will be available today from 10-11 am at the town hall to meet with citizens.
â€¢ Announced that a representative of the Massachusetts historical Commission will discuss local historic districts on Wednesday, August 26 from 7-9 pm at the Senior Center. The public is invited.
â€¢ Learned that the solar panel from Mass Technology has been installed at Chandler School and the amount of energy it generates can be monitored at www.sunviewer.net/portals/Chandler.
â€¢ Plan to hold an informational meeting with the developers of the Island Creek expansion project. The date has not been announced.
â€¢ Learned that there will be a pre-construction meeting for the pool renovation project this week and that the Birch Street water tank will be completed in mid-September.
â€¢ Met in executive session before their open meeting with members of the King Caesar fund.