Burton said additional funds are needed to replace the building’s obsolete knob and tube electrical wiring.
”With new wiring, we’ll be able to plug in a crock pot and have a slide show at the same time,” Burton said.
Last year, City Council approved a request by SPS to use city land behind the village’s historic Hand Tub House as a staging area to avoid having barges traveling up and down the Merrimack River while the work is taking place.
Burton said the advantages of using the land as a staging area included the removal of dead trees, poison ivy and invasive plants by the contractor.
”They intend to landscape the property upon completion of the work,” Burton said. “They also donated financially to the Hand Tub House, which they didn’t have to do.”