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I’ll build Historical Society railings for free

Posted 11/8/16

To the trustees of the Middletown Historical Society regarding their Nov. 2 letter to the editor:

Regarding your new treated lumber steps — if you like them, I’m happy for you. They go well with your plastic mini-blinds.

To anyone else …

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I’ll build Historical Society railings for free

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To the trustees of the Middletown Historical Society regarding their Nov. 2 letter to the editor:

Regarding your new treated lumber steps — if you like them, I’m happy for you. They go well with your plastic mini-blinds.

To anyone else who agrees with me that they are an architectural travesty, please support the zoning overlay being proposed to Borough Council.

The purpose of my original letter was to express my support for the overlay. I wasn’t trying to offend the well-meaning members of The Historical Society. Ironically, in a very pleasant phone conversation with a trustee of the Historical Society, she said that they also support the overlay. I guess that means they support it for everyone else.

In an attempt to avoid the unpleasantness of a letter-to-the-editor battle, I offered, in an email to the trustees, to pay to prepare plans for their approval; to provide all material, consisting of red mahogany, Western red cedar and Douglas fir and; to provide all labor to rebuild the steps, along with appropriate handrails, posts, caps and balustrade. 

This material (all to be purchased from Middletown Lumber, unlike your treated lumber) would be primed with three coats of paint (you don’t have to wait a year to paint good quality material) and be ready for a colored finish coat.

These suggested woods have been chosen throughout colonial times to the present because they hold up well to weather and, unlike treated lumber, they don’t twist, check, crack and splinter.

I guess my offer was rejected since I never received a response, other than the letter to the editor from all the trustees, defending their creation.

Finally, whether you received a building permit or not, the flat 2-by-4 stair rail doesn’t meet building code requirements for “graspability.” An actual, appropriately sized, enclosed hand rail should be added on both sides, inside your treated-lumber-railing-thing. I would be happy to supply and install these railings after submitting pictures for your approval, at no charge.

Herbert C. Moore

Middletown
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