ADAMS -- Town officials have made Sept. 24 the target date for completing the move of all Council on Aging (COA) functions from the Community Center to the Adams Visitors Center, Town Administrator Jonathan Butler said at Wednesday night’s Selectmen’s meeting.
The COA move is a major component of the town’s larger plans for the center, which involve increasing the building’s hours and staffing it with volunteers, a construction job to broaden the conference room and use of the property for a host of town events.
Butler said COA director Erica Samson is communicating regularly with new Visitors Center Manager Carol Cain, who was hired just weeks ago.
"We’re working very avidly on the Visitors Center," Butler said. "... All the pieces are coming together really nicely."
According to Butler, town COA functions will cease from Sept. 17 to 21 during the move. Early preparations and packing at the Community Center are already under way.
The town seeks volunteers to train as staff to accommodate the visitors center’s operating hours, Butler added.
"We highly encourage volunteers to give us a call. We could use plenty more," he said. "... It’s a chance to help greet people who are coming to Adams and tell the story of your town."
Burke Construction of Adams aims to complete a job to more than double the size of the conference room of the building by September, a project
In other business Wed nesday, Selectmen unanimously approved two easements that represent the final legal steps before work can begin on as many long-planned town projects.
The first was for the demolition of buildings at 92 and 94 Summer St., behind the Albert’s Hardware building, to be replaced by a new parking lot on Kearns Lane. Selectmen inked the easement with owner Ronald Clark. Work will begin next month.
The second, the final easement needed for the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail extension to Lime Street, was to allow temporary use during construction of property owned by Gregory P. Shine, of Shine Wire Products, Inc., at 25 Print Works Drive. Work is scheduled for next construction season.
Butler also read a statement from Adams Police Department Chief Donald Poirot concerning a July 12 spree of car break-ins.
Poirot’s statement said police are looking into "leads" and any arrests made "will be brought to public attention." Poirot reminded residents to lock their cars at night.
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