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Repair work has still not begun on the Onion Barn

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Repair work has been delayed at the Onion Barn in Weston Center. —Kimberly Donnelly photo

As of the beginning of this week, repair work at the Onion Barn in Weston Center has yet to get under way.

Dave Gengo of Salem Preservation Inc. in Ridgefield was hired by the town to replace the roof and do some foundation work at the town landmark.

However, an abundance of early autumn rain followed by Storm Sandy pushed the work back from an original start date of the beginning of October.

Tom Landry, town administrator, said he is confident once work begins, it will be done right. “This is the guy you want working on an historic barn,” he said.

The project includes $7,500 for a new roof and $2,500 for foundation work. A broken roof beam needs to be repaired and some cabling inside the building needs to be done for stabilization.

The town is paying for the repairs as part of the current budget, using money from the maintenance and repair line item.

The Onion Barn was originally built in 1830 and was used to store the town’s bumper crop  — onions. The existing structure is not original: The roof, siding and floor have all been replaced over time.

Over the years, the barn has primarily been used as a bulletin board, with banners and signs about town events and activities posted on its outside walls.

The Weston High School Boosters Club has also used the barn for its bottle and can collection fund-raising efforts. However, that had to be suspended in the spring when structural issues at the barn became a concern.

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