Thieves Make Off With Hundreds of Bricks from Old Village Hall Site
Nov 17, 2015 06:18AM
● By Steven Jack
Crews work to demolish the Old Village Hall earlier this month.
A plan to save hundreds of bricks from the demolition of the Old Village Hall hit a snag earlier this month — they were stolen.
According to Cathy Nevara, Oswego Police spokeswoman, about 200 bricks being saved for a future commemorative project, were taken from the site sometime between 8 p.m. Nov. 5 and 6:40 a.m. the next morning. A locked gate in a fence surrounding the demolition job was found open that morning by workers, who alerted village officials of the theft.
Nevara said a value of less than $200 was placed on the bricks.
Village Trustee Judy Sollinger, who worked in the Old Village Hall as Village Clerk from 1985 to 1992, said she was disappointed to hear the news earlier this month. Sollinger had been encouraging the village to find a way to use the old bricks in some sort of commemorative project. That project had yet to be decided upon, she said.
All is not lost, however, as Sollinger said about 80 more bricks were salvaged from the site that could be used in a future project.
"It's disapponting," she said. "But luckily we were able to save a few more."
After an initial investigation, Nevara said police are considering the case closed.
"Our officers did check with local businesses to see if surveillance cameras might have caught something, but there was nothing," she said. "At this point, we have no suspects and no leads."
The demolition of the Old Village Hall began Nov. 3 after trustees voted unanimously in August for its removal. The crumbling building at 113 Main St. had become a danger and liability and was an impediment to the redevelopment of that area of the downtown, according to village officials.
The area will remain as green space until a future development proposal may be brought forward.
The former Village Hall was completed in 1923 and was originally built as a fire station for the Oswego Fire Protection District, according to village documents. It also housed the Police Department at one time.
The village of Oswego moved into its new Village Hall at 100 Parkers Mill in 2008.