By NIKKI YOUNK
CRYSTAL FALLS - Work to replace the dangerous, 50-year-old glass block walls on the second floor of the Crystal Falls City Hall with new windows has been completed.
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Workers install new windows on the second floor of the Crystal Falls City Hall. Due to safety issues, the building’s 50-year-old glass block walls have been removed.
Crystal Falls City Manager Dorothea Olson said that the project wrapped up last week.
"It's really looking nice now," she noted.
Last winter, Olson had informed the city council that one of the three glass block walls was bowing in to the point that the window in the center could not be properly closed. The two others had also shown signs of bowing in, she said.
Olson was concerned that the walls could collapse and be a hazard to anyone walking on the sidewalk below.
The council formed a building committee to address the issue. After hearing from the committee, the council accepted an engineering bid of $4,880 from Division One Design of Houghton and a construction bid of $32,680 from Nocerini Construction of Crystal Falls.
Nocerini Construction started work on the project in mid-September.
Olson said that even with the new windows, the second floor of the city hall will remain closed to the general public for the foreseeable future. The second floor houses an auditorium that used to be utilized for plays, performances, and high school dances.
Other maintenance issues in the auditorium include a weak hardwood floor with board that bend down when stepped on, water damage from a previous leak in the roof, and cracked ceiling plaster in the balcony area.
Olson said that the next step would be to fix the floor. However, the city council currently has no plans to do so.
The Crystal Falls City Hall will be 100 years old next year.
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