CHESHIRE -- The town has green-lighted a small investment toward an eventual Town Hall rehabilitation project.
At a meeting this week, Selectmen agreed to appropriate $3,600 to the town Historical Commission for the purposes of hiring a third party to examine the town's main hub, built in 1898.
"Let's be real about it: There's certain things you've got to do," Selectwoman Carol Francesconi said. "Preserving the town is one of them."
Town Hall's needs include facade repointing, gutter and railing replacement, stair work and leak repairs.
Selectmen indicated Agricola Corporation, of Chicopee, a business "dedicated to the preservation and continued use of historic buildings," as the party being eyed by the commission as a potential partner in the project.
Gregory Farmer, of Agricola, is the commission's point of contact, according to Town Administrator Mark Webber.
If employed, Farmer's purpose will be to determine the building's historical fidelity and other factors, officials said.
Robert Hitter, a member of the town Historical Commission, described Farmer as "very professional," and said his work would consist of taking a "soup to nuts look at the building and the surrounding area."
"Three buildings are involved," Hitter said. "What's now the police station; what's now the annex; Town Hall; and even the monuments in front of Town Hall. That would be the scope at this point."
Farmer's findings could vouch for the building's historical integrity, and serve as the means to getting the building state and federal recognition.
Much paperwork and coordinating with state and federal historical agencies would be needed, but recognition from entities such as the National Register of Historic Places would open the building up to an ample field of grant money.
Selectmen have had such a goal on the back burner for years, but "now it's moving to the front," Francesconi said.
In other business, spotty Internet service in the Town Hall is also due for attention, said Webber.
"The Internet is down every day here," he said. "You go down to the Board of Health room and the [system] looks like a Dr. Seuss kind of thing in there."
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