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Buzzards perch atop an old barn located in Binder Park. The city is disassembling the barn due to damage caused by storms in March and severe termite damage.

Buzzards perch atop an old barn located in Binder Park. The city is disassembling the barn due to damage caused by storms in March and severe termite damage. Photo by Julie Smith.

The city is disassembling a barn that is believed to have resided on Rainbow Drive in Binder Park for more than 75 years, and prior to then resided at another location.

Bill Lockwood, the city’s director of parks, recreation and forestry, said nearly a third of the roof and one side of the barn were blown off during a March wind storm.

“We set out with the idea that we would like to preserve it, and take the material and reuse it,” Lockwood said. “We got into it yesterday (Wednesday) to start work and discovered it was pretty much totally termite infested and rotten to the point of being dangerous.”

Lockwood said Thursday that a crew was in the process of trying to salvage usable timbers from the building to possibly use for repairs to other buildings located in Binder Park.

“Looking at it, it was a very interesting building,” Lockwood said. “There’s lots of mortice and timber work. You just don’t find that type of thing done anymore.”

The barn was one of several city park buildings damaged in March storms. The Washington Park Ice Arena’s roof was damaged by hail that same month.

The City Council will approve a bill Monday, amending the 2012-13 budget to recognize an insurance settlement revenue of $37,887.60 from the storm damage and appropriating it within the city’s Park Fund.

Lockwood said his crews would leave the hand-laid foundation of the barn on the park property.

“It seems to be fairly solid,” he said. “There may be a point in time someday when another building can be erected on top of that foundation.”

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