WILMINGTON -- Memorial Hall will not go without heat for the rest of the colder months.

"We are hooking up temporary heating for the building in the next few days," said Wilmington Town Manager Scott Murphy.

On Dec. 26, he told the Reformer that the portable heating unit, which can produce 400,000 BTUs, or British thermal units, of heat, is being rented to the town from a company in Albany for the rest of the winter/spring season.

"We have gone too far into the winter season to put in support posts," said Murphy. "We intend to build the support structure in the spring and then attach the heating unit thereafter."

The process of constructing a shelter for the heating ventilation and air condition or HVAC equipment behind the building has been delayed due to a lawsuit filed by abutters on both sides, owner of the Incurable Romantic Cindy Beaudette and the Crafts Inn General Manager Alice Richter. However, the lawsuit was dismissed by the Environmental Court on Nov. 18.

Most of the court hearing, which was conducted by telephone, had to do with notices that warned the DRB hearing.

"The manner in which the town delivered the notice to appellants did not provide the ideal assurance that appellants would receive that notice, but it complies with the statutory notice obligations established by our Legislature," stated court documents.

Besides claims that notices were not received before the DRB hearing, concerns generally had to do with liability during construction and maintenance as well as aesthetics regarding the deck that will extend the rear building out by 10 feet wide, 30 feet long and 12 feet high for the HVAC appliance to fit inside.

Earlier this month, the town received a liability coverage waiver that would give the abutting landowners insurance for the project. At that time, Murphy said that the town was also having LineSync, the architecture firm that submitted the original proposal, design a covering for the unit that Zoning Administrator Alice Herrick will take a look at once completed.

The Bright Lights Craft Fair was canceled this year after the issues at Memorial Hall had not yet been resolved.

The temporary heating will allow for at least two events in the future to happen at Memorial Hall. There will be a wedding on Jan. 3 for a local woman with friends from Ireland attending as well as a presentation of Irish dancers from Burlington in March, which Murphy said was very popular last year.

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or cmays@reformer.com. Follow Chris on Twitter @CMaysReformer.