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May 22 meeting to discuss future of Sangerville Town Hall second floor

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SANGERVILLE — For 116 years, the historic Sangerville Town Hall has been the focal point of town government and the community.

Up until the last 10 years, the second story has seen little use since access is by two multi-step staircases. A group of residents, spearheaded by the Sangerville Historical Society, is investigating whether the town could secure grant funds to install an elevator to the second floor, to make it compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

A public meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, in the town hall meeting room, to discuss the efforts. Chris Maas of Dover-Foxcroft, who was instrumental in obtaining grants for the Central Hall project in Dover-Foxcroft, will be the guest speaker. All are invited to attend.

Sangerville has the oldest population in Piscataquis County, so much access could once again allow functions to be held on the second floor, including the annual town meeting, wedding receptions, and activities for seniors and children, alike.

In earlier years, town meetings, Bingo games, theater, basketball games, school functions, dances and weddings were held on the second floor.

With its Colonial Revival features, the well constructed building is one of the state’s historic buildings, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Obviously proud of the building’s historical past, residents have continued to maintain it over the years. The facade was improved and extensive repairs were made to the foundation. The first floor was redesigned; walls were moved; the vault was moved brick by brick and reassembled in another location; rooms were improved; and an alcove was left for an elevator. The second floor also was renovated and a kitchen was installed. All of the renovations were conducted as to not affect the building’s listing on the national register.

Refreshments will be served.

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