Lincolnville voters say 'yes' to town office renovation
Lincolnville — Lincolnville residents voted in favor of renovating and expanding the existing town office, with 806 voters casting ballots in favor of the plan and 613 voting against it.
The referendum question asked voters to appropriate $470,000 from the Capital Investment Reserve Account and authorize up to $220,000 in general obligation bonds to fund the renovation and expansion of the existing Lincolnville Town Office.
Lincolnville selectmen, the municipal building committee and budget committee have been working with Amanda and Brian Austen of 2A Architects and the engineering firm Gartley and Dorsky to create and revise the renovation plan since the end of June. Originally, architects were charged with creating both a renovation schematic and a schematic reflecting a completely new town office building to be located elsewhere on the site. Ultimately, selectmen elected to move forward with renovations based on a number of factors, including budget.
A mailer about the proposal, including financial information, ballot wording and related dates landed in the mailboxes of Lincolnville residents on Oct. 13. On Oct. 18 the town office remained open until 7 p.m. for an open house; town staff was on-hand to provide tours, discuss the project and answer questions. About 20 residents attended a public hearing on the town office renovation held on Monday, Oct. 22.
Plans to alter the town office have a long history in Lincolnville, with the majority of voters casting ballots against previous plans for building new or renovating the more than 25-year-old building. The town office was identified by the capital needs committee in the 1998-99 annual report as one of the spaces in need of "new, renovated or expanded" space, according to previously published reports.
The Lincolnville Board of Selectmen voted on Sept. 10 to unanimously recommend the renovation plan subsequently approved by voters on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
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