Funds Approved To Prepare for Replacement of Irwin Park Barn Roof

The Board of Selectmen at its most recent meeting approved about $20,000 to prepare for the replacement of the roof at the 113-year-old Irwin Park Barn. The original roof on the barn had been cedar, and before the town took ownership of the structure “two more layers of fiberglass” were put on it, according to Department of Public Works Superintendent of Buildings Bill Oestmann. “Which is not code-compliant, but also that’s what is causing the problems with the roof,” Oestmann told the selectmen during their Oct. 19 meeting, held at Town Hall and via videoconference. “The top layer is actually coming off.”

First Selectman Kevin Moynihan and Selectmen Kathleen Corbet and Nick Williams voted 3-0 to approve a $19,350 contract with Architectural Preservation Studio, DPC, which has an office in New Canaan.

‘It’s Just Been Very Difficult’: Town Re-Contracts with Norwalk Cleaning Company After Problems with Franchisee

Town officials on Tuesday re-hired a small Norwalk-based company to handle cleaning duties at several municipal buildings after having problems with a different franchise-model group. 

The Board of Selectmen voted 3-0 in favor of an approximately $95,000 contract to hire P&M Cleaning Services for 13 town buildings. P&M “were the ladies that ran a company here in Norwalk that were actually used to clean our buildings for seven years and then they lost a bid last time because of the franchise-type relationships,” Buildings Superintendent Bill Oestmann told the selectmen at their regular meeting, held in Town Hall. The town had “some problems” with that franchise-model company, JAN-PRO Cleaning & Disinfecting, Oestmann said. “A lot of it stems from labor issues, getting quality work and getting people has been a bit of a problem,” he said. “So we tried to work through this for a couple of months with them, it’s just been very difficult and JAN-PRO, it’s a franchise, through corporate it’s franchised out.