The Hope Board of Selectmen will hold an open house to give residents a chance to hear more about proposed renovations to the town office. Townspeople will vote on a plan at the polls in November.

The open house will be held Tuesday, Aug. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Selectmen, town officials, members of the library committee, 2A Architects (project designers) and individuals from Bruce Laukka Inc. (project contractors) will be present to answer questions.

The repairs are to bring the building into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and for upkeep to the building.

A proposal, prepared by 2A Architects of West Rockport, is to make the entire facility one floor and to move the main entrance to the parking lot side of the building. The proposal also calls for creating a counter space and the installation of a larger vault for records for the town office. The plan also calls for replacing the handicap ramp, widening door thresholds to bring them into compliance, and replacing windows and cedar shingles.

Anticipating this project, the town has set aside money during the past two budget seasons to pay for the project from the town’s undesignated fund balance. Town officials expect to be able to complete the project without borrowing any money or raising taxes. Even though finals costs are not known, officials are projecting less than $300,000 and say a new town office could cost about $600,000.

If the project is given voter approval, the School Union 69 Superintendent’s Office will have to move. Under ADA, the basement level may not be used for offices unless there is an elevator.

To learn more about the town office project, go to