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Supervisors order windows for Durham Mill facelift


The iconic Durham Grist Mill, which operated for 150 years before it was closed in 1967, will get a facelift before its 200th birthday next year.

The centerpiece of the 19th-century Village of Durham, the stone mill was built in 1820 by the Long family on the foundation of the Durham Iron Works, which was established in 1727.

The township supervisors at their September meeting voted unanimously to purchase 15 windows and 30 sashes to be installed at the mill.

The original windows were too badly deteriorated to be restored. Artisan/builder George Mason, a township resident, will do the installation on a volunteer basis.

In addition, a state Marketing and Tourism grant, awarded to the township and totaling $53,000, will be used to install a handicapped-accessible restroom and safety measures required in public building by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The township received the grant with the help of state Rep. Wendy Ullman (D-143). The Durham Historical Society is planning the anniversary celebration.

In addition, the supervisors are urging other township residents to volunteer their skills and time to get the mill in good repair for the birthday celebration. Details for sign-up are posted on the township’s Facebook page.

Residents planning to attend the township’s Community Day picnic on Oct. 12 can sign up on the Facebook page as well and list the dishes they are planning to take to the picnic. Boy Scout Troop 27 will be preparing chili and hot dogs for those who do not take their own food.

The supervisors accepted the audit report made by a certified public accounting firm, Zelenkofske Axelrod LLC of Jamison. The board hired the firm to untangle discrepancies found in the township’s financial report that the township auditors were not able to resolve.

Dani McClanahan, township administrator, said at the meeting the firm had basically reported the finances were “in good shape with no significant errors or malfeasance identified.”

Supervisor Richard Johnson, the board’s treasurer, who is charged with overseeing the township’s finances, attributed the problem to a “check from last year that was not entered until February.” He said the township will now keep “a tighter rein on things.”

It was also announced that McClanahan has been appointed treasurer of the Riegelsville Public Library board. The library serves residents in Riegelsville and Durham as well as several communities directly across the Delaware River in New Jersey.

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