Town Hall project moves forward

SUNDERLAND - Following up a successful vote during town Meeting, the select board on Monday, March 18, tackled the town hall project endorsed by voters and the next steps involved in its construction.

According to Mark Hyde in a telephone interview after the board's meeting, the Board was given a proposal for a timeline of the town hall project.

"We are currently waiting for the wetland application to be submitted and approved which is a three month process that we hope to shorten," said Hyde. "The current timeline suggests the actual building to start the first of October. We have to do construction drawings, engineering specifications, and bids which all has to happen in the time-frame."

Hyde said that architect for the project, Barry Hoeg, will be overseeing much of the building process. According to the minutes from the March 18 meeting, Hoeg provided the Select Board with preliminary design drawings, a standard construction administration outline, along with the proposed timeline schedule for the new town hall.

If all goes well, according to Hyde, and the project does start the building process in October, the construction could be done as early as the end of January into February.

Hyde, who had been serving as the select board's chairman, was re-elected to that post during the March 18 meeting.

According to the unofficial minutes of the meeting, John Williams, the select board's liaison with the project, gave an update on the town hall project as well. He said that the auditors will be coming to Sunderland on March 21 and 22 to do a physical review of the audit.

He has also been working on getting the bond application started. The 30 day reconsideration or appeal window on the project ends on April 4.


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