ALBANY -- The Dario Meniketti Kiosk on Solano Avenue at Curtis Street has been spruced up with a new window.
The south-facing window on the structure had been worn down by the elements, with the frame suffering from dry rot, according to Doug Donaldson, a current member of the city Planning and Zoning Commission, and one of several local residents who look out for the structure.
"I still need to go over and do paint touch-up on the other windows," Donaldson said.
The new window came courtesy of Bill Essert of Oakland's Wooden Window. It is of a higher quality than the previous one, according to Donaldson, and should last longer. New hardware on the window has also been installed.
"It's facing south, opened to the street, not protected by any buildings around it, not shaded," Donaldson said. "That's the one we always had to reglaze. It would swell up in the winter and get stuck. This should be much better."
Wooden Windows said in a statement, "When you see the finished work, you will notice that we took the time to upsize the styles and rails and used a sustainable mahogany wood so this southern facing window will last for many more years."
The kiosk allows the public to post notices, such as church and school events. Commercial postings are discouraged. A separate section has a lock on it and the city posts City Council agendas and other public notices there.
Dario Meniketti, who died in 2002, was a longtime Albany resident and very active as a citizen in city politics, attending almost all of the city's public meetings and speaking on many issues during public comment periods.
After his passing, then-Councilman Allan Maris and several others thought a proper memorial for Meniketti would be a kiosk where public notices could be posted. David Arkin, a current member of the Planning and Zoning Commission, designed the structure. The Albany Community Foundation raised funds to pay for it. It was built with volunteer labor in 2004.