Plans underway for new town hall

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A year after an arson fire destroyed the historic Green Mountain Falls Town Hall, the board of trustees approved Elk Crossing as the site for the new hall. The lot is between Joyland church and the condominiums on the hill above Ute Pass Avenue.

While the site was approved, the purchase is pending from an undisclosed owner of the property.

Rob McArthur, the town's public works director, was named facilities manager of the project while trustees Mac Pitrone, Ralph LoCascio and Jane Newberry were designated as managers of construction, engineering and grants, respectively. Planning commissioners John Lowndes and Dave Kosley will play an active role in the process while Lisa Hickey will be the attorney on the project.

Ron Seevers, a local architect and owner of Keystone Associates, was selected to design the new hall.

“We've got our marching orders,” said McArthur, a day after the trustee meeting on Feb. 19. “Everybody will have their say; we will process the public input.”

Before making a decision on the conceptual design, Mayor Lorrie Worthey and the board of trustees have scheduled two workshops, March 12 and March 26, with a public hearing April 9.

“Everybody will have their say; we will process the public input,” McArthur said.

The arsonists, Zachariah Shaffer and Kyle Lawrence, are both serving sentences of 12 and 10 years, respectively, followed by parole and probation.

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