TIME & PLACE:
Meeting August 21, 2002 at 6:00 PM at Canterbury Town Hall
Kent Ruesswick, Chairman
Kevin Bragg Historical District Commission
Mike Capone Selectmen representative
Ginger LaPlante Historical District Commission
Kent opened meeting by outlining two topics for tonights
meeting: 1) discussion with SMP representatives the proposed changes
to Town Hall; and 2) acquisition of Robinsons property.
In addition to above attendees, the following individuals were
present: Eric Paulson, president, and Chris Lizotte, architect,
of Sheerr McCrystal Palson (SMP); Steve Atherton of Cobb Hill
Construction, and Lucia Kitteridge, Land Use Planner for the Town.
Kent introduced these individuals and then asked Eric to discuss
the plans for Town Hall.
Eric distributed plans for the Town Hall addition and reviewed
for the Committee the American Disability Act (ADA) requirements
for accessibility. He described the dimensions of the interior
and exterior ramps included in the plans. The exterior ramp would
require increasing the grade so that the ramp is only one (1)
foot off the ground at the high end. It would have a five (5)
percent slope. Town would be responsible for shoveling path to
porch for accessibility as required by ADA. Siding on the addition
can be lower than existing building to show less concrete.
Eric also described the two options shown in the plans: 1) kitchen
positioned between the women and mens restrooms and 2) kitchen
positioned next to the stage. ADA requires that doors of the restrooms
swing out. The corridor running along the restrooms and kitchen
is five (5) feet wide.
Eric then suggested that everyone go outside so he and Chris
could stake the new addition to gain perspective on the proposed
plan. During this it was noted that it might be necessary to move
the septic tank so that it is at least ten (10) feet away from
Afterwards discussion on the plans continued. Ginger suggested
that the end of the porch at the top of the ramp be closed in
and have a window for light. This would provide protection from
the elements. Eric stated that this would be possible and suggested
having fixed panes in window that can be removed in the summer.
The committee then discussed the look of the railings for the
exterior ramp. ADA requires railings on both sides of the ramp.
SMP presented two drawings, one with balusters and one without
on the outside railing. Eric stated that railings do not have
to be metal. The ramp itself could be concrete, which is costly
but easier to maintain; or the ramp can be constructed with PVC,
a composite, which requires no maintenance, weathers to gray and
can have a wood grain look.
Kevin asked about the windows having energy panels. Eric stated
that windows with energy panels would cost less than other alternatives.
Discussion then ensued about when and how the Town Hall is heated.
The committee discussed how the Town Hall is not always heated
but that the addition will always be heated, preferably electrically.
The hallway would be the same temperature as the main room. The
addition should be completely insulated and possibly have a separate
zone. SMP believes electric heat is best for this area.
Bob asked if original windows and doors being removed from back
of Town Hall can be saved and used elsewhere and SMP said this
can be done and suggested the use of simulated windows on the
backside of the Town Hall.
The Chairman then asked for a vote on going forward with plans
showing kitchen next to stage. There was a unanimous vote of approval
Beth asked when does old part of Town Hall get repaired, painted,
etc. to match new addition. Eric (SMP) suggested waiting and adding
a separate line item to proposal for work required: sanding floors,
painting, etc. Kent stated that we should leave this to later.
Kent then asked Steve (Cobb Hill) about including roof estimates
in his total cost. Discussion on insulation for the roof ensued
and Kent stated that any insulation must not be too heavy for
Eric stated that Cobb Hill has enough information in the proposed
plans to do a cost estimate for the Town Hall addition. The committee
then asked Steve (Cobb Hill) to summarize the work to be included
in his proposal: addition with slab; outside wall framed in; electric
heat; kitchen plus two restrooms; stairs to basement plugged and
moved to other side; move septic tank; import fill; move windows
in back and reuse. For existing space, his cost proposal will
include: repaint inside and out; fire alarm system; roofing
with _" plywood; insulation for attic and walls and sanding
It was then briefly discussed about connecting the electric for
Town Hall to one spot underground.
Eric asked about lead abatement and after discussion, Kent stated
that this should be tested.
Eric then reviewed with the committee a sample plan for Town
Center. This sample plan design maximizes pedestrian access and
reduces amount of concrete. Parking requirements were discussed,
including increased traffic on Sundays from church attendees.
Eric stated that SMP will need topographic data and Kent stated
he would ask Gordon about topography details he has.
Eric then asked if the Town wanted fire, police and highway department
under one roof. The committee then discussed the issues of noise
and accessibility of a new structure depending on final location.
Fire station requires seven (7) bays and a total of 6,000 square
feet. The committee discussed having an L-shape for the new Life
Safety Building in an effort to reduce noise. Eric stated he would
sketch ideas put forth and present to committee.
The attendees then took this opportunity to walk through the
fire station and emergency building with SMP to gain an understanding
of the existing structure and needs. After the walk through, Eric
stated that he would present prototypes at the next meeting, September
4. These prototypes can then be presented to the department heads
After SMP left the meeting, the committee discussed acquiring
Mr. Robinsons land and it was agreed that an offer would
be made on the five (5) acres this weekend.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 4, 2002, at Town Hall. This meeting will
begin at 7:00 p.m.