ANCHORED TO JOISTS
Once the asbestos testing was done, DPW staff began the work to secure 2-by-12-foot metal plates to the third-floor, south-facing wall, which is bowed out toward Main Street.
The village had banned pedestrian traffic on the nearby Main Street bridge last week until further notice because of the state of that wall.
The 2½-inch-thick metal plates would be anchored to the original floor joists inside with the hope that if the West Main Street wall did go, the debris would be pushed back into the building.
Haley said he can’t tell how much time those metal plates would buy the village.
“We’re just doing what we can do to try to save somebody from getting hurt,” he said.
Stewart Rowley, who owns For Arts Sake next door, said Assemblywoman Janet Duprey (R-Peru) told him the building is privately owned, so the state, village and town have no jurisdiction.
But the federal government can override that rule if the village deems the site a public threat, which is what Rowley thinks should happen.
He said everyone on his business’s email list was asked “to contact their congressman” and bring more attention to the situation.
“The village should declare the emergency now and get the paperwork to the state” because it could align federal assistance faster, Rowley said.
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