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Tower’s residents have a reason to be thankful

Modified: Tuesday, Nov 20th, 2012


Shown above are crews from R and R Services as they repair balconies at Elizabeth Cather Towers. Although work on the balconies is to be done before Thanksgiving, Grafton Housing Authority Director Ruth Gerkin noted that use of the balconies was going to be more like a Christmas gift, since balconies could not be opened until all repairs were finished and inspections passed.


GRAFTON – Residents at Elizabeth Cather Towers are getting excited as they observe the progress that is being made on their balconies.

City of Grafton Housing Authority Director Ruth Gerkin announced in September that stage one of the contract was to begin. Stage one included the re-attachment of the lightning arrestor to the building, repainting of doors, as well as, the repairs needing made to balcony handrails.

“When they are on the job, we know it is going to be done right,” commented Gerkin concerning the work R and R Services is doing at the facility.

Gerkin advised that although the balconies would officially be done before Thanksgiving, that they would not be open for use until after the contract was completed and all work inspected.

“The whole contract has to be completed before the balconies can be opened, including the inspection,” emphasized Gerkin.

“We are on the count down,” noted Gerkin as she spoke of the close 100 residents and eight employees at the towers who are looking forward to the re-opening of the balconies. “They have been closed since 2009,” noted Gerkin.

Gerkin further noted that when R and R Services began their work on the balconies, that they found additional issues than what were originally being considered. “We did absolutely the right thing by closing the balconies,” noted Gerkin.

In addition to work being done at the Towers, Gerkin noted that windows were being replaced at Sunset Terrace. She noted that there are 60 apartments at that location, as well as, the community room, in which windows are being replaced.

“We are only about 50% of the way through that project,” noted Gerkin. She continued, “We will be taking a break on that project so as to not interrupt anyone throughout the holidays. We will start working on it again after the first of the year.”

She also noted that they would be replacing furnaces at Grafton Homes, as well as, four handicapped elevators, one of which is at Grafton Homes and three at Sunset Terrace. “That project should be going out for bid in the near future,” noted Gerkin.












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