New depot work OKed

    The city-owned railroad depot off Seventh St. is getting another shot in the arm ... er, building.
    Mayor John Schultz revealed at this week's city council meeting that the city's Board of Works and Safety had authorized the expenditure of approximately $23,000 to provide some much-needed work on the aging structure, now in its 99th year.
    Once a busy part of the community as a Pennsylvania Railroad depot, the building has been owned by the city for 25 or so years. It was occupied by a floral business until two and a half to three years ago, and has been empty since that time.
    Limberlost Construction of Geneva will do the latest work, which the mayor called "refurbishing," and will include doors and windows. "We want to keep the integrity of the building," Schultz said, so doors and windows will not be replaced.
    Painting also will be part of the project.
    Building and Zoning Superintendent Roger Gage called the work "pretty extensive," and said that once finished, "it will complete the outside of the building."
    Schultz said as he has in the past that once the building work has been completed, it is hoped that a non-profit group would occupy it. "It's too nice a building to let it go," the mayor said.
    In the summer of 2009, the building had some tuck pointing (brick work) done by a masonry firm in the city.
    Now "there are four things to do," the mayor said late last year. "Doors, windows, insulation and a new furnace. We can't afford to do it all at once so I'm suggesting we do the doors and windows now; Roger (Gage) agreed. I plan to do it in stages."