Moscow Mills, Mo. - Moscow Mills is celebrating its 200th year as a town.
One historical landmark is the old schoolhouse.
Currently, the building is being used for both the City Hall and the Police Station.
Since the building is old, some updates need to be continued to keep the building maintained.
“There is a plaster on the brick where it was built 115 years ago, and through the years the plaster has gotten painted,” said Mayor Patrick Flannigan. “After the last painting you could see across the top (a crack) and the gap was getting bigger and bigger and the only thing that was holding it up was the latex paint that was slowly stretching out and finally gave out.”
Flannigan said that he has not gotten around to repairing it yet. He said that he seems to have more “irons in the fire” than he can put out.
“The city, a lot of small cities, has the issues over the years where infrastructure has not been kept up,” Flannigan said. “We moved into this building right at the beginning of 2017. We bought it in August (of 2016.) It was an old school and it was not been well-maintained.
“Termites has had a field day in some places.”
He pointed to the left of where he was sitting at.
“That part to the room over there has been fixed. I fixed it personally. The termites ate out the ends where they plugged into the old stone foundation,” Flannigan said.
He said that the problem was patched.
Joist sistering adds an extra identical floor joist to a damaged or inadequate floor joist and ties the two together with screws or nails.
It is a very effective way of adding the additional strength needed to hold up a sagging floor.
“They had come in and sister joist it. And plugged the new sisters into it, well the termites at those too,” Flannigan said. “What I did was cut off the [destroyed part] re-sister joined it, re-plugged it in and put in a concrete foundation.
“This was in terrible shape. The brick was falling out.”
Flannigan said that the termites ate out the beam board, and the bricks were slouching down.
“With those infrastructure problems, I just haven’t been able to get to everything,” Flannigan said. “I am trying to save the city a few bucks by doing some of the work myself if I can. I couldn’t do the bricks.
“I’m not a bricklayer,”
Flannigan explained what he did fix up in the old schoolhouse.
“This wall I built, I cut in a door,” Flannigan said. “If you went to the next room and compared the casings around the door and rosettes, the only difference you are going to find in it is that there are about 50 coats of paint on the other one and there are only one or two coats on here.
“I had to hand-carve them myself.”
Flannigan said he wanted to preserve the originality of the building.
“I wanted to save the motif of the building,” he said. “There are many members of the community that went to school here as they grew up here.”
Flannigan said that the old schoolhouse was sold to the city because the school district didn’t want to deal with the wrath of the community had the building been torn down.
“Even today, it is not in the best of conditions, but I have some plans,” Flannigan said.
Flannigan said that the city owns three acres behind the old schoolhouse and hopes to build on it.
“I can add some additional parking, and create a playground or splash pad, then have the back third have a brand new City Hall,” Flannigan said. “And then we can come in here and refurbish this building right and dedicate it 100% to police.”