Tisbury town hall closed next week

Tisbury’s town hall at 51 Spring Street will be closed the week of September 17 to 21 while exterior painting is completed. It will reopen September 24.

Town offices that operate there will be relocated and conduct business in the basement of the new Emergency Services Facility at 215 West Spring Street. Parking and the entrance to the town hall’s temporary quarters are available at the rear of the building.

“The town apologizes for this inconvenience, however, this temporary move is needed to ensure the safety of both the employees and the public alike,” town administrator John Bugbee said in a press release Tuesday.

Last spring, Alpha Contracting of Dedham began stripping paint, repairing and replacing wooden clapboards, and repainting the 132-year-old town hall building on Spring Street that was formerly a Congregational church. On June 6, fumes from a chemical used to strip paint permeated some municipal employees’ offices, which led health agent Tom Pachico to close the building for the day. Employees who were most affected by the fumes were told they could work temporarily at offices in the town hall annex off High Point Lane.

Several town employees complained of lingering health problems in the aftermath of the project’s first phase. As a result, in July the Tisbury selectmen voted to spend $900 on air quality testing for mold and volatile organic compounds at town hall. In a follow-up conversation with The Times last month, Mr. Bugbee said the testing results revealed nothing harmful in terms of overall air quality.