November 25, 2013

Westport Town Hall, firehouse need work


---- — WESTPORT — A public informational meeting is planned to discuss possible repairs or replacement of the Westport Town Hall, Fire Station and Department of Public Works building.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, in Westport Town Hall.

The architectural firm Vermont Integrated Architecture of Middlebury, Vt., has been working on conceptual designs for all of these buildings.

“They will be conducting the meeting to get feedback from the public on how to best move forward, to solve the very difficult situation the town faces with the disrepair and other problems of these three structures,” Westport Town Supervisor Daniel Connell wrote in an email.

He said Vermont Integrated Architecture will make a short presentation, and then the meeting will be opened for questions and comments from the public.

The buildings are in rough shape, Connell said, and he and the Westport Town Council need to know how the community wants to proceed.

“We want to receive input from the residents of Westport,” Connell said.

A year ago, a public referendum to build a combination Town Hall, Fire Station, DPW and Westport Central School bus garage was rejected by voters.

Town officials said at the time that the deteriorating structural condition of some of the buildings would have to be addressed in the future.

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