Grange Hall is the way to go

Editors Note: This guest viewpoint is in response to a From the Editor piece appearing in last weeks Addison Eagle. The project to find a place to build town offices in Ferrisburgh started much before 2005. At the town meeting of 2002 we were informed that the present town office could not be enlarged because of septic issues. The selectmen appointed a committee to look at other sites. They chose the hall given to the town by the grange. The committee worked hard getting grants and donations toward the renovations and assisting the town officers with planning. In March 2004 a bond of $350,000 was voted to help with this work. After the hall burned plans had to be changed. But we had voted to do this project so it went ahead. We were kept abreast of the progress with meetings, notices in the paper and special mailings. In August of this year we were told that after negotiating with the insurance company and getting more donations there was enough money to do the total rebuilding of the hall. The selectboard scheduled a special meeting to answer some questions and take suggestions on other uses of the funds. The board finally felt they should sign with Breadloaf Construction. This building will provide bigger town offices, more storage and vault space, and a bigger meeting room downstairs. The upstairs can be used by the school and community for special occasions. The new Ferrisburgh Town Hall will help the other two churches identify the "center." And, by the way, Ferrisburg Grange is still functioning. We meet at least once a month, host public card parties to support many causes including flowers for the cemetery, dictionaries for all third graders at our school, and aid to Kurn Hattin Homes. We also supply food for the shelf. We take supplies and reading material to our hospitalized veterans and to the Ronald McDonald House. We are now looking forward to welcoming some new members into our order. Weston Spooner, Master
Eunice St. Jean, Overseer
Paul Sisters, Treasurer
Isabel Munnett, Secretary

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