How is the Strafford Town House being preserved?
At our March 2011 Town meeting, the Selectboard led a brief discussion regarding the future use and maintenance of the Strafford Town House. Following the meeting, nearly two dozen residents volunteered to help form a group that would try to address many of the concerns expressed at the meeting. The group has met every two weeks since Town Meeting and calls itself The Town House Advisory Group.
The mission of the Town House Advisory Group is to advise the Select Board on policies and means of raising revenue for the purpose of using, maintaining, and preserving the historic Strafford Meeting House, and to implement such related procedures as approved by the Select Board.
The historic 1799 Town House (some would call it ‘the soul of the town’) requires constant attention, and much of the maintenance is expensive. Soon the building will need work on the steeple, exterior painting was skipped this past year, the floors need repair, and the windows should be re-glazed and painted. The group has been looking at how other towns with similar buildings manage their historic structures, and the group has learned that some towns actually promote the use of their historic buildings and charge fees which raise revenue for maintenance. To that end, the Town House Advisory Group has, with the approval of the Selectboard, revised our fee structure upwards to be more in line with fees charged in other towns for the use of their historic buildings. It has also been determined that the Town House 2011 season of operation will be from May 1 through October 31.
Town House Advisory Group
Rockwell Fuller - chairperson and selectboard liaison
Curt Albee - vice-chairperson
Lori Mikusa - secretary
We have 28 active members working to preserve and maintain the Town House for future generations.
All Strafford residents are welcome to attend meetings and become members.
Help us sustain the future of our Town House.