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Proposed Addition to Killingworth Town Hall to Improve Services, Control Costs

At the Informational Town Meeting on Tuesday night, the Killingworth Town Office Building Committee will present plans for major improvements to the town hall.

On May 1, after years of hard work, the Killingworth Town Office Building Committee will present a proposal for a permanent solution to the town’s administrative space needs.

The committee has been meeting for over a decade—since before temporary modular units were added in 2001 as a stopgap measure. Jim Lally, Killingworth’s Citizen of the Year, chairs the committee. The other current members are former selectman Louis Annino, Sr.; David Gross and George Keithan, both veterans of numerous town projects and committees; and town Finance Director Gina Regolo. These members bring a wealth of professional talent in construction, engineering, and sustainable design. Over the years, the committee was charged with determining the needs of the town, assessing options, and making a recommendation for the most cost-effective way to meet those needs.

“Over and over, our town has said that preserving our rural character is an essential priority,” says Jim Lally. “We will be presenting a plan that is perfectly suited to Killingworth: a solid, functional post-and-beam barn attached to the 160-year-old farmhouse that serves as our town hall. This is a great plan that meets many objectives at once, from reducing maintenance and operation costs to creating an Emergency Operations Center. I hope people will come to the meeting to hear the details.”

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 1, at 8:00 p.m., in the Killingworth Elementary School All-Purpose Room. The committee members, the selectmen, and the architect will explain the project and answer questions. This meeting will be informational only; no voting will occur. A referendum will likely be called at a later date.

“We couldn’t have asked for a stronger committee,” says First Selectwoman Cathy Iino. “The Board of Selectmen was impressed by the care, thoroughness, and fiscal restraint of the committee’s work, and the very sound plan they have proposed. I look forward to presenting it to the town.”

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Tim Gannon May 01, 2012 at 04:04 AM
I look forward to seeing what the committee has come up with. I hope many people attend to hear what they have to say.
Susan Dean May 01, 2012 at 05:23 PM
I had the opportunity to attend the Board of Selectmen's meeting this month when the Town Office Building Committee presented its recommendations. Upon hearing of several options, the building of an addition seemed the best choice. The current temporary buildings need considerable work to be operable. If this process has to be repeated every 5-10 years, it will become more expensive each time. In the long run it would be more financially responsible to have an addition now at today's costs rather than making that decision 10, 20, 30 years out. According to the committee, a permanent addition would last at least a minimum of 50 years. Having seen the architect's drawings, the new addition would allow many new options: voting all centralized in one area, emergency operation center, large meeting room which could be utilized in many ways, office for state police, generator facilities and updates. Tuesday night's meeting should go into much more detail. I suggest that residents attend with an open mind and listen to the facts and then decide. This committee has put considerable time and effort into this project. We are fortunate to have people such as this group willing to volunteer their time and efforts to improve our level of efficiency, security, and life in this town. PLEASE GO TONIGHT WITH AN OPEN MIND!
Phil Stull May 02, 2012 at 11:06 PM
After reading the BOS meeting minutes and finding out that this addition will cost $3,500,000, I would say if the Killingworth Democrats want to be reelected anytime soon they had better think again about this plan. Put this to a vote soon, so that the taxpayers can kill this idea before any more time, money, and effort is spent on this outlandish idea. I have an open mind but this is crazy. $3,500,000 for an addition, you can't be serious.
John Christian May 03, 2012 at 02:58 AM
$3.5 million is nothing for this great town. Cathy is a doing a fine , fine job. We'll just ask Shelley Nuhn to send out bigger tax bills and take more taxpasyers to foreclosure court if they cant pay the taxes. After all, this is Bush's fault.
Ed Ricciuti May 03, 2012 at 10:55 AM
As a senior, I dread higher taxes. I have not reached an opinion about the proposed addition to the town hall. That said, I hope all concerned citizens will consider the proposal as it stands and not make it a political issue. Please don't muddy the waters. Ed Ricciuti

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