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Moretown Town Hall Restoration project gains momentum

09/20/2007

By Kara Herlihy

In a unanimous decision Monday evening, the Moretown Select Board voted to increase the rent on the Town Hall from $55 to $150 dollars for residents and $300 for non-residents. 

The vote followed a lengthy discussion on September 18 by the board and members of the public regarding the massive historical restoration project that has been underway for over two years.

Town Hall manager Doug Macintosh was present to discuss the recent vandalism of the building's already deteriorating windows. Macintosh and the board also reviewed the issues and complications associated with the standards of historical restoration.

IMMEDIATE REPAIR

Macintosh assured that with winter rapidly approaching, the windows will require immediate repair, which may encroach upon the restoration plan, spearheaded by architects Tom Keefe of Keefe and Wesner of North Bennington.

With the project sure to be an arduous and costly undertaking, board member John Hoogenboom made a motion to raise the rent for public use of the facility, in order to cut overall losses incurred by the town.

"The $50 probably doesn't even cover the heat, especially in the winter, with the doors wide open," Macintosh said. Members also stated that the new price of $150 was in line with the cost of renting other surrounding town halls.

OTHER REPAIRS

Members of the public were also on hand to discuss the multitude of other repairs needed at the Town Hall as well as the possible re-assembly of a residents' committee to work with the historical foundation on the restoration. The residents expressed their frustration with the process in the past and their desire to remain informed and involved in the project this time around.

There is a special meeting scheduled for next Monday, September 24, at 5:30 p.m. at the Town Hall in Moretown. Tom Keefe will be on hand to present his plans and ideas for the restoration. The meeting is open to the public.

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