Pownal Historical Society To Hold Informational Meeting
The Pownal Historical Society plans to host a public information meeting Tuesday to give voters more information about their proposal for a new town office to replace the small, aging town hall.
The Bennington Banner reports the meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Pownal Elementary School.
The historical society's plan, originally presented to the Select Board in June, proposes that the circa-1840s schoolhouse on North Pownal Road be moved to town-owned property on Center Street.
Pownal voters will decide whether or not to approve the Select Board supporting the historical society's proposal efforts in the Nov. 6 election.
The ballot article asks the town to vote yes or no for the Select Board to support the continued effort by the historical society to use the old school house and modular construction for a new town office, "for an amount not to exceed $750,000," according to a copy of the ballot question.
It is not a debt authorization vote, and it does not authorize any particular spending.
After weeks of discussion, the Select Board approved the historical society's ballot article 3-2 at its Sept. 13 meeting.
The historical society's proposal has gone through multiple iterations in the process of becoming a ballot article.
The historical society's initial petition, signed by 309 registered voters, asked the Select Board to call a special town election in September to vote on whether to appropriate $630,868 for new modular town offices with the old one-room schoolhouse attached.