Wednesday, Dec. 12

Workshop set to discuss tasks for relocation to Lura Libby

By Beth A. Birmingham | Nov 27, 2018
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Budget Committee member Charles Grover, center, discusses the need for the committee's input during the relocation of municipal offices to the former Lura Libby facility.

Thomaston — Task requirements for relocating the municipal offices to the former Lura Libby facility will be the topic of discussion at a workshop scheduled for Dec. 12.

At its Nov. 26 meeting, the Board of Selectmen reviewed an outline prepared by Town Manager Valmore Blastow on the Municipal Offices Relocation Project.

Several members of the audience commented on the schedule as it was outlined, including new Budget Committee member Charles Grover.

He said it is the town's responsibility to make sure the taxpayers are getting the best effort to go forward for their money, and recommended putting a team together to answer questions and allow the town to speak with one voice.

"To leave the Budget Committee out of such a large project is probably a mistake," Grover said.

He mentioned the disposition of Watts Hall, saying that's a fiscal issue that has a significant impact on the town's tax base.

"All this fits together under the umbrella of money," he said. "We want to make sure we get this thing right ... $1.7 million is a lot money."

Grover said before anything goes to the Select Board for final approval, "we ought to have all our 'i's dotted and 't's crossed."

The board discussed the role of the Standing Municipal Facilities Committee since voters approved the relocation at the referendum town meeting Nov. 6.

Joanne Richards, a member of the SMFC, said anything to do with Watts Hall still falls under the authority of that committee, but agreed anything to do with Lura Libby the committee is finished with.

Susan Devlin, also an SMFC member, said it is time to revisit the recommendations made for Watts Hall, especially given the amount of feedback and information the committee has received since the initial recommendations were made.

Selectman Bill Hahn suggested having a workshop to discuss who should be the drivers of the various tasks that must be completed in order to provide for a smooth transition.

The workshop will include the chairmen and two members of the Select Board, Budget Committee, SMFC and Comprehensive Plan Committee.

It will take place at 6 p.m. at the former Lura Libby facility.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@villagesoup.com.

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