As reported by Eddie on the Right (And he has photos):
Just after Thanksgiving -- 2007, the restoration efforts began in Branchville. After the Town of Branchville's Town Council & Mayor put out for bids the construction contract, all bids were deemed to far above the required amount. Because there in not enough monies on hand for a complete restoration. So, this resulted in the contracting of a company who agreed to provide restorative work not to exceed the on hand monies for that purpose.
The problem with that method it that there was no bidding allowed on the new criteria.
And it seems that the reason that the costs are somewhat lower now, is that alien labor is being employed to renew the old freight depot.
Eddie doesn't say for sure, but he may be right!