June 20, 2018
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Arundel officials gauge public opinion on new town hall proposals

By Jennifer Galipeau, York County Coast Star

ARUNDEL, Maine — The Board of Selectmen will begin drafting a new survey to gather input from residents regarding a new town hall, it decided Tuesday. After touring a gifted parcel of land on Route 1 that proved to be inadequate and too costly to develop, the location for the proposed town hall has been narrowed down to two locations. The properties being considered include one parcel of land on the Mountain Road and a parcel of land on the Limerick Road.

Although it is too soon to figure the complete cost of the project, Chairman Thomas Danylik said, “it is going to impact taxes.”

Town Manager Todd Shea said he would like to see the project on the ballot in June.

“I think the outcome of the RSU21 vote will greatly impact whether or not residents want to fund a new town hall,” he said.

Shea said that he is still working with architects Ryan Senatore and Will Conway to determine what the building will look like, how much it will cost and where it will be located. Senatore and Conway will meet with the board of on Nov. 18 to present the first draft of the town hall plans as well as discuss the two potential locations and building placement at those sites. After meeting with Senatore and Conway, the board will begin drafting a survey that will be available for all Arundel residents to complete.

Selectmen Daniel Dubois said, “residents should have a say as to where they would like to see the new town hall.”

The location preference, the need for a town hall and how much residents are willing to spend will also be on the town hall survey, which is due out later this month.

In other Arundel news, residents will soon be able to use debit and credit cards at the exisiting town hall. Androscoggin Bank will be providing the town with this service at no cost to the town, but residents should be aware of a consumer fee when using debit or credit cards.

With the Temporary Camping Ordinance now in place, the town will begin addressing some known violations of the ordinance. Shea indicated that the ordinance will primarily be a complaint driven enforcement. All complaints should be directed to Code Enforcement Officer Jim Nagle.

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