A new Municipal Complex, which will include a combined Town Hall/Council on Aging and a Highway Facility on the former Del Mac Orchard property, is intended to provide for efficient governing, both managerially and operationally, consolidation of offices, one-stop shopping for residents and business owners, and appropriate gathering spaces. This project will also allow for the public to use their facility and eliminate the economic waste of fixing up buildings that are unable to house our services. Siting all of the intended uses of this Complex in a geographically central and accessible location will allow for financial sensitivity, the easiest use by the public, and the most cost-efficient construction due to an economy of scale. This strategic siting of the Complex will also lend itself to further development of public buildings and uses. With all of the described project benefits, this Municipal Complex will serve the Town for years to come by paying it forward for future generations.
The Municipal Complex project accomplishes a great deal with as minimal expense as possible, providing solutions to a variety of issues plaguing our operations. The project consolidates four buildings into two and lowers costs by sharing energy systems, establishes just one construction site, and takes advantage of economies of scale. Currently, the four structures (Town Hall, Town Hall Annex, Highway Garage, and Council on Aging) all require necessary renovations, abatements, improvements, repairs, and redesigns to address, at a minimum code, and statute compliance, safe workspaces, and enhanced functionality. This work requires design funding and an Owners Project Manager as well hazardous material abatement, and in many cases temporary space for operations. Renovations would not address many issues with which the Town struggles and the disconnects the town faces amongst departments, including adequate storage and meeting space for our needs.