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Goffstown CIP Committee debates completing ADA requirements at Grasmere Town Hall

GOFFSTOWN — A move to push back to 2020 planned improvements to the Grasmer Town Hall failed at Thursday’s Capital Improvement Program Committee meeting.

Assistant Town Administrator Derek Horne said that, in 2004, the Historic District Commission obtained a grant that allowed it to have plans drafted for an addition to the building, which would include an Americans with Disabilities Act-approved elevator. An elevator has yet to be added. The elevator, new entrance and ADA-approved bathroom need to be added to bring the building up to code.

Elizabeth Dubrulle said that the project would cost between $300,000 and $400,000, adding that there is grant funding available to complete the project.

However, she expressed reservations about proceeding.The Historic District Commission decided on a strategy in 2007 to first fix up the main theater at Grasmere and get it back in use for the community.

“We’re not there yet,” Dubrulle said.

Dubrulle made a motion to move the $25,000 needed for the improvements to make the building ADA accessible out to 2020. Planning Board representative Jim Raymond dissented, saying there’s still a need for the improvements. School Board representative Ben Hampton concurred.

Dubrulle’s motion failed, with Dubrulle and John A. Brown in favor of moving the item to 2020, and Hampton, Raymond, Earl Carrel and community representative Gail Labrecque opposed.


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