Town hall’s front door will be open again — hopefully, in early November.

“It should have been done by mid-October, originally, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said of the construction work. “So, we’re going back and forth with them.”

Reconstruction of brickwork and drainage at the front of Ridgefield Town Hall is being done by Champion Maintenance Contractor of Rye Brook, N.Y., which was awarded the job based on a $165,000 bid back in June.

“We’re having several meetings with the owner to expedite this project because it is the face of Ridgefield,” Marconi said.

“It’ll be rebuilt exactly the way it looked.”

The main structure of town hall dates to 1896, having be rebuilt after the Great FIre of 1895. The brickwork in front was added later.  

The current project was undertaken to address drainage problems and shore up the outdoor entrance with its brick walls and deck — after the removal of big trees earlier this year.

“The wall had been beginning to lean away from town hall, toward the sidewalk due to the tree root system that had been pushing it out,” Marconi said.

The job is progressing.

“Drainage has been put in place and back-filled,” Marconi said.

“What took some time was removal of some old foundations,” Marconi said.

“Hopefully, in the next four to five weeks, it’ll be done.”