Brownwood’s rotting windmill must be demolished before the start of hurricane season.

A safety hazard has been identified at the windmill at Brownwood Paddock Square and must be demolished before Hurricane Season can begin.

The decorative windmill and water tower in the square have both succumbed to extensive rot and decay. Tropical Storm Season begins June 1, and if high winds strike the windmill, there is a possibility that it will come crashing down.

 

In order to fund the demolition and restoration of the windmill and water tower, which serve no functional purpose and are purely decorative, the Project Wide Advisory Committee will be asked to consider an emergency budget resolution to be considered by the full project advisory committee.

 

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According to estimates, the cost of deconstructing and restoring the windmill and water tower will be $225,000. It is anticipated that the funds will come from maintenance assessment fees collected from residents of The Villages who live south of County Road 466.

Both structures have been in place for about a decade.

“They have developed extensive rot and decay as a result of years of exposure to the elements, including weather, humidity, sun, and water. Throughout the system, there is significant rot in each structure, which has compromised the structural integrity of the system.

As a result, column splicing in the lower bay of both structures will be required in order to remove the rotting timbers. In addition, approximately 60% of all cross-bracing for the water tower structure and 90% of all cross-bracing for the windmill structure will need to be replaced as a result of the project.

The spliced connections on the windmill structure were found to have significant wood rot, which reduces the structural capacity of the windmill structure. “It will be necessary to replace all of the spliced connections,” Director of Property Management Bruce Brown wrote in a memo to PWAC members.

 

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A safety hazard assessment has been completed, and the windmill must be disassembled and removed prior to the start of the Hurricane Season, according to Brown in the memo.

“Both structures will be rebuilt and reinstalled with pressure-treated wood. As a result of the overall condition of both structures, it is more cost-effective to demolish, rebuild, and reinstall both structures,” he explained.

‘The project has already received approval from the Villages Design Division,’ according to Brown’s memo. The division is headed by Tracy Morse.

For PWAC, this is not the first time that rotting wood at Brownwood has resulted in a financial loss. PWAC approved the expenditure of $63,500 in 2019 to replace rotting wood at the entrance to Brownwood Paddock Square, which was previously approved in 2016.

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