Changes proposed for Candia cemetery, building upkeep
“I talked to Linda Maxwell (Fitts Museum Board of Trustees) and she said the museum runs better with a dedicated board of trustees. We have trustees who run the library, Fitts Museum and trust fund and they are all voted in and do a good job,” Robie said.
“It is a beautiful building, it is a keepsake we need to pay attention to,” Robie said.
In order to get the two board of trustees going, Robie said voters would have to approve their creation through a warrant article. He added that if a Smyth Building Board of Trustees were created, it would be prudent to give them a small stipend to start out with.
Soares said that last year voters rejected a warrant article for $160,000 to be spent on the Smyth building, and that she voted against putting $10,000 in the budget for repairs to the building at the previous meeting.
“But the board obviously did,” Robie responded.
The board added $10,000 to the proposed budget.
Currently the Smyth building has roughly $4,000 a year budgeted for its upkeep, but that is only enough to keep the lights and heat on and grass mowed, Robie said. In order to preserve the building, money needs to be spent on replacing the windows. For functionality, Robie said he would like to see a bathroom and septic system added.
Those in attendance at the meeting Monday night seemed to think Robie’s idea is a good one.
“I think that Carelton hit on a good idea, I know Amanda (Soares) is concerned about money but you better do something about the windows up there, they are in bad shape,” resident Dean Young said.
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