Do my eyes deceive me?!
Our current town hall is in the foreground, by the way. And, yes indeed, the shakes and shingles on the old town hall belfry are being replaced -- by professionals.
I haven't yet been inside, so I have no idea what's going on there, if anything. But one could almost take this as a hopeful sign. For contrast, this and this is what the old town hall like four years ago.