CORINNA – It’s going to be a nasty job, town officials admit, but someone has to do it.
“It’s been building up for 150 years,” Town Manager Dalton Mullis said Tuesday, referring to tons of bat guano, or droppings, in the Town Hall attic.
The droppings are several inches deep in places. “There is a lot there,” Mullis said.
Corinna recently hired Northeastern Environmental Services of Pittsfield to remove the guano, mostly because of air quality concerns.
“Bats are protected,” Mullis said, “but we need to remove the guano.” The removal, which is part of the Town Hall renovation program, will cost nearly $7,000.
Bats in the Town Hall – as in most historic old buildings – are no surprise to town office workers.
“This is a big building, an old building,” Mullis said. “Occasionally we see one of the bats down here.” The town office is located on the first floor of the three-story structure.
“When they come downstairs, we see them quickly because the ceiling is white,” Mullis said. But office workers just go about their business, paying no attention to the little mosquito-eaters.
“We don’t pay them any mind,” Mullis said. “They find their way out or back up to the attic.”
The renovation project includes cleaning out the attic, a new ceiling in the auditorium, a roof repair and window restoration.