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St. Paul’s School repairs get go-ahead

A view of St. Paul's School, a former

A view of St. Paul's School, a former Episcopal boys boarding school in Garden City. (July 6, 2010) Credit: Newsday/Karen Wiles Stabile

The Garden City Village board has accepted a construction bid and a separate private donation to help pay for repairs to the historic St. Paul’s School clock tower face and roof, which were damaged during Tropical Storm Irene.

The village board approved by a 7-0 vote (trustee Nicholas Episcopia abstaining) to hire Garden City-based Old World Quality Corp. to do the repairs to the 132-year-old building at a cost of $6,500. The board also unanimously accepted a $6,500 donation from village residents Bob and Patricia Kaliban during a board meeting Thursday night.

“Finally!” yelled some in the crowd of about 75 people, as others clapped to show their gratitude.

Old World owner Vincent Muldoon, who has lived in the village since 1998, agreed to patch two major leaks in the roof for $6,500 and to refurbish the clock tower for free. The $6,500 will go toward paying the subcontractor, Ajv Traditional Construction, Inc. of West Babylon, and the cost of materials.

“We are going to donate all of our time and effort for free,” Muldoon said. “I am looking out for the best interest of the town keep the building as good as it can be.”

Several tarps that were on the flat roof of the 500-room structure connecting the main hallway with the west wing were torn. The south face of the clock tower was also broken and plywood that had been covering it was blown in.

“St. Paul’s is a building that in Europe and Asia, they would never bring down,” said Kaliban, who first donated $11,300 to the village based on a prior estimate by another company. “It is something to be saved. Allowing it to rot, I think it would be a shame.”

The board also voted to hold a public hearing at 8 p.m. March 15  to discuss whether to pass a local law authorizing the board to exceed the 2 percent state tax cap if necessary.

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