Potsdam will seek $176,121 for remediation work at museum
Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 8:47 am

By CRAIG FREILICH

North Country This Week

POTSDAM – The village is applying to the state’s Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for $176,121 to help remediate hazardous materials and repair windows in the Potsdam Public Museum.

The Board of Trustees approved a resolution at its July 15 meeting to apply for the funds through this year’s Consolidated Funding Application cycle.

The parks and recreation office funds would be appropriate since the museum is on the National Register of Historic Places.

As stated in the resolution, the village would be obligated to provide 25% of the project’s total costs, $58,707 in cash, in-kind labor and equipment rental. The resolution suggests that would come from the “other purposes” line of the village budget’s general fund.

As for the hazardous materials mentioned in the resolution, Museum Director Mimi Van Deusen explains it will be assumed that the old paint on the window frames contains lead and that the putty holding the window panes in the frame contains asbestos, so measures will be taken to contain and properly dispose of those materials.