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NO. R-246.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the town of Brookline on the completion of its municipal office building addition.


House concurrent resolution congratulating the town of Brookline on the completion of its municipal office building addition

Offered by:  Representatives Obuchowski of Rockingham and Partridge of Windham

Whereas, until 1984, when the municipal building opened, the Brookline town clerks managed the municipality’s affairs from the comfort of their own homes, and

Whereas, although a source of town pride, the new structure was far from commodious, measuring only 20 feet by 36 feet in its entirety and housing a tiny meeting room, with dimensions of just 10 feet by 20 feet, that barely accommodated the members of convened town boards, let alone the public, and

Whereas, as an extremely small community, Brookline needed to reserve its limited financial resources for the most urgent projects, including supporting the reconstruction of Bridge #19 which crosses the West River, and

Whereas, when the bridge project was completed, the cautious fiscal management the town had exercised was rewarded with a balance of slightly over $31,000.00, and

Whereas, proposals to expand the municipal building to provide more adequate space for official and community gatherings were estimated to cost Brookline $80,000.00, and

Whereas, at the 2006 town meeting, the voters approved articles to reallocate the remaining bridge money, and a second article to spend $20,000.00, for the building project, and

Whereas, despite the lack of money to finance the anticipated budget, the Brookline selectboard decided to begin the construction project and proceed to the extent that funding permitted, and

Whereas, the town turned to the drafting and design class at the Windham Regional Career Center to create specific building plans, and it reduced further the project’s cost by relying on community volunteers to complete many construction tasks, reserving funds for hiring professionals to perform the more specialized and technical tasks, and

Whereas, the primary volunteers, whose duties ranged from framing walls and floors to insulating, sheet rocking, and painting, included Bill Staats, Tom Staats, Doug Wellman, Stan Noga, Chuck Tatersall, Bruce Meehl, Chuck Fontaine, Don Gokey, Archie Clark III, Kip Nystrom, John Eyes, Brad Cassella, Frank Rucker, Josh Fontaine, Colin Nystrom, Barb Bourne, and Nelson Fontaine and their major role enabled the building to be completed with just the available funding, and

Whereas, the new ramp-accessible meeting space was opened as an addition to the 1984 building in November 2007, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the town of Brookline on the completion of its municipal office building addition, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Brookline selectboard and to the Brookline town clerk.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont