Hancock meeting house restoration plans to be aired
The Hancock Meetinghouse Restoration Committee will hold the 7 p.m. session at the meetinghouse to give the public a better idea of the work that needs to be done.
This is where the town used to hold Town Meeting, which is now held in the town fire station.
The Select Board has agreed to support a vote at March Town Meeting to fund the majority of the project. The article would likely ask voters to allow the town to borrow $800,000 or $850,000 to support the project, Rossiter said.
And the town may not need to borrow as much as that, depending on what is raised through private fundraising and grants.
Around 1850, the town moved the meetinghouse across Main Street to where it sits today.
A major renovation of the building hasn’t taken place in more than 100 years, Rossiter said.
The slate roof is a major part of the restoration costs.
Updates to the electrical and heating systems are being proposed as well as adding handicapped accessible bathrooms and a platform lift to replace the chair lift that helps people up the curved stairway and into the church sanctuary.
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