“It’s falling apart, and former Mayor George Katsaros must be rolling over in his grave,” Ryan said at the time .
Ouellette said a number of repairs and improvements have taken place over the years. Grant money paid for a new energy-efficient skylight, windows and doors, handicapped-accessible entry, and dining room tables and chairs, and also paid to install a solar energy system and energy-efficient upgrades. In 2010, new HVAC units were installed on the roof along with a new air exchange system.
“The roof was replaced about 15 years ago, but improvements are being made,” Ouellette said. “Since last summer we’ve been painting the interior with help from the Sheriff’s Department. About 85 percent of the painting project is done.”
After the exterior work is complete and the building is water tight, the city will replace bathroom fixtures and make other improvements to the building, including new bathroom flooring and repairing bathroom walls that were damaged from leaks, Ouellette said.