Mayor’s Burnt Out Building
This building has, or rather used to have, an incredibly beautiful interior in addition to the beautiful exterior stone and granite work. For a long time it was a bank. In fact it was the first bank we had when we moved to the area decades ago. I remember the stonework as being stunning. Later it was a variety of businesses and apartments. Then it stood empty for a while.
I remember Sam, he was the village idiot.
And though it seems a pity, it
He loved to burn down houses just to watch the glow,
And nothing could be done,
Because he was the mayor’s son.
Now I’m not suggesting that Barre’s e-steamed Mayor Lorenzo has a son named Sam, or that he is the village idiot, the mayor or his son. This is just a song.
Yet, that is the Mayor’s burnt out building. Apparently someone was playing with matches and things go out of hand. The result was the loss of a beautiful historic building that is now gutted and boarded up.
One might think the government would offer historic preservation grants and such to renovate such a building with it’s increadible granite and marble walls & floors. The work would help employ local people and lift the economy. Barre, like many towns, really could use the help. But no, the government said the Mayor may not fix it since he must bring it up to codes to meet earthquake standards for levels of tremors that just don’t happen here. Special irony is the Mayor’s plan had been to fix it with his own money without any government grants, until our leerless feeders stepped in and said the foundation has to get replaced to California earthquake standards. The cost is prohibitive so now the building stands ugly and boarded up. It is a center point of the town common. Sad.
If the government is going to make those sorts of demands then they should pay for the work. The GOA should then step in, assess the cost to the country and strike down ridiculous regulations. This is a beautiful example of out of control government regulations being used as universal rules that they apply without taking into account local situations. Tyranny by the ruling regulators.
We’ll see if the mayor can work out a way around this idiocy of his Uncle Sam.
Outdoors: 80°F/59°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 75°F/67°F
Daily Spark: “A great wave of oppressive tyranny isn’t going to strike, but rather a slow seepage of oppressive laws and regulations from within will sink the American dream of liberty.” -George Baumler