Beginning in 2021, Selectboard has returned to the exploration and investigation of the potential use of the Town Hall at 160 Church Street as a municipal office building. This proposed renovation/re-purposing has been under consideration for a number of years; in 2009, when long-time Town Clerk William Hoar retired, the building was dedicated as the William E. Hoar Municipal Building. Below you will find information and documents relating to the current project. Please visit the Selectboard page for agendas and minutes of meetings at which this project is discussed.
News & Announcements
– The Town Hall was moved on to its new permanent foundation on Wednesday, September 20, 2023. Progress now will continue with renovating the building for use as Town offices.
Building & Site Condition Assessment, Space Needs Assessment, Conceptual Design Options and Town Project Budget
Proposals & Slideshow (click this link to visit a Microsoft OneDrive location where you can download PDF files)
First Scheme Design Plans by Black River Design (5 options) (click this link to visit a Microsoft OneDrive location where you can download PDF file)
Second Scheme Design Plans by Black River Design (2 options) (click this link to visit a Microsoft OneDrive location where you can download PDF file)
Third Scheme Design Plans by Black River Design (1 option) (click this link to visit a Microsoft OneDrive location where you can download PDF file)
Working Design Plans as of 4 January 2023
Working Design Plans as of 26 June 2023
“Building Working Group” Notes
Selectboard Co-Chair Benjamin Gates was appointed by the Board as the point person for the Board to meet with contractors, Clerk of the Works Jeremy Roberts, and town advisors to make urgent and less significant decisions between Board meetings. The below notes detail the contents of some of these meetings. The Board agreed that this group is not a committee/sub-committee and that the duties assigned in these contexts are for Mr. Gates and Clerk of the Works Mr. Roberts as an office designee. The Board agreed that it approves the attendance of resident advisor William Graves to better inform the Board.
15 May 2023 Meeting Notes
5 June 2023 Meeting Notes
26 June 2023 Meeting Notes
7 August 2023 Meeting Notes|
18 September 2023 Meeting Notes
Cost Estimates as of 3 May 2023
Archives: McIndoe Falls Academy and Newly-Constructed Building Options
From 2016 to 2020, the Selectboard explored two potential projects for creation of new municipal office space: 1) renovating the McIndoe Falls Academy in McIndoe Falls Village or 2) building a newly-constructed office on an undetermined lot. In March of 2020, the voters authorized the Selectboard to borrow to build a new building on an undetermined lot; in the same election, the voters declined to authorize the Selectboard to borrow to renovate the McIndoe Falls Academy. As noted above, the Selectboard later elected to pursue renovation of the Town Hall instead of either these two proposed projects. Consideration of these two other options, however, was related to the current project, therefore some documents relating to this process are found below.
Official Return of Votes (election results) – Town Office Borrowing Vote (3 March 2020)
Ballot – Town Office Borrowing Vote (3 March 2020)
Informational Flyer – for Town Office Borrowing Vote (3 March 2020)
Informational Meeting Presentation – February 2020 – for Town Town Office Borrowing Vote (3 March 2020) (Microsoft One Drive location download)
Selectboard Report – 23 December 2019 – includes sketches and cost estimates (Microsoft OneDrive location download)