TIME & PLACE:
Meeting October 10, 2001 at 7:00 PM at Canterbury Town Hall
Mike Capone Selectman Representative
Meeting at 7PM at Town Hall
Bob Fifes thoughts on what needs to be done, we should focus
on the Town Hall first. But needed to take care to not compromise
design or otherwise disqualify the building for matching LCHIP
funds. Bob does not want to see a metal roof as suggested by the
Fifield report (March 2000)
Kent recalled Nancy Roy said she had some money for refinishing
floor. Asked Mike Capone if he new anything about it.
Ted asked if the windows in the town Hall are currently historically
accurrate for a 1700s building. Some voiced oponions that
they were not despite their having "wavy glass".
$27,000-$28,000 of immediate repairs are needed for the the Town
Hall according to Ollie Fifields report (March 2000). Additional
repairs would cost another $30,000.
Ken Jordan suggests we start with dealing with the smaller more
immediate issues and address those first, and then move on to
the longer term items once the immediate needs have been addressed.
This approach would avoid constant revisitng on the less defined
long-term needs (Life Safety, Police station, etc.).
The committee accepts the original Fifield Report (March 2000)
report as presented with the following exceptions and addendums:
- Kent feels the building should be insulated.
- Charlie Cook feels that a 30 Year shingles would work fine,
and would fit in better with the roofs of the other building.
- Basement should be renovated to improve usage of that space.
The Highway Department Building:
Can it be moved to the Recycling center? Kent has talked with
Tom Roy about looking at the desired site to get a better sense
of whether our site will work. Tom Roy has been in the business
of closing landfills, and would have a good sense of the limitations
we would be facing at the Dump.
The committee is all in agreement that the Highway Department
should be moved from the town center ASAP, the remaining issues
are where, and when. Kent repeated Gordon Jacksons desire
to initiate the project at this years town meeting to help
push the process forward.
Couldnt we present a warrant article for the amount of the
project even if a site has not been finalaized, knowing that wherever
it ends up going we WILL need that money.
It was suggested that it would be hard to ask for the money if
we dont have a defined place to put it. It would be preferred
to start a capital reserve fund for that purpose
be better accepted at the meeting, and would initiate the process
Kent doesnt feel that the idea of having a "artisans
center" in the old highway department building would work.
Hed rather that the building be used as the town municipal
building for town offices, and that the Fire Dept. building be
expanded as needed, and include the P.D. This would leave the
Sam Lake House vacant and perhaps available for rental to private
individuals or businesses.
Ken reiterated that we follow the wording of the mission statements
to set up an "executive overview" that lays out the
over principles and ideas that guide the plan developed by the
committee. Once that overview has been developed we can go into
the details of the specific buildings while keeping the overview
in mind to guide us.
Ken will have the "overview" fleshed out by next week.
Mike relayed that Jim Bassett felt it was not the committee responsibility
to dictate the size of the library.
In general the committee supports the idea of the library going
forward. Kent talked further about Jeff Leidengers offer
for the Library committee to independently raise a sum of money
to contribute to the generals funds for the library construction.
This would lower the total cost to the community at large and
would allow for other needs to be funded by the community.
Committee agreed that Kent should go forward in his discussions
and work towards an agreement that is mutually beneficial and
helps both the library and the committee meet its goals
(meeting other community needs).
The Sam Lake House:
The back door needs installation. Suggest limiting extensive renovations
until further planning is done to determine the long term use
of the building
especially if the town offices might be
moving to another location.
The Old Highway Department Building:
Suggested that part be provided to the Fire Department for meeting
and personnel space, part me made available to the P.D., and part
be converted in to town offices. This would keep F.D. from moving
trucks in to the front side of the building.
Mike suggested that if persons still wanted an "artisans
gallery" in town, that the Sam Lake House could be used if
the town offices were moved in to the Old Highway Dept. building.
Fire Department could still be expanded on its current location
with egress by Creamery and Hackleborough roads.
Meeting ended at 8:30 PM
The next meeting will be in two weeks, on 10/24/01 at 7 PM at
Canterbury Town Hall.