Email to Heath Connects w Building Updates 11/16/20
Dear Fellow Heathans,
The next Select Board meeting is tomorrow, Tuesday November 17. It is important to hear what is being said and to speak. You can use the public comment period at the beginning of the meeting to express your ideas on town issues. Right now only one side of the building use issue is being heard and the Select Board needs to hear from you as well to create balance. Please be there to support Sue Lively who is reading her letter on the task force report.
There has been a lot going on over the past months relative to the use of our buildings. Below are some updates on what is happening.
Rental for Tri-wire:
Tri-wire has contracted to rent space at Jacobs Road for morning meetings and storage. The Select Board has approved the use at $7000 for 14 months. For Covid considerations the Tri-wire workers will enter and leave from the playground end of the building in the back and have a dedicated restroom at that end. The contract starts on Monday, November 16.
Three classrooms and the gym are the current locations for remote learning serving two teachers and 13 students.
Rental for Theatre Group:
Jonathan Diamond has requested use of the gym for certain nights and weekends. The pods in the gym will be arranged to accommodate both uses while ensuring safe distancing and sanitization.
Adult Internet Use:
The School Use Committee is working on setting up pods in the cafeteria for adult internet use following this week's foot clinic.
The Foot Clinic takes place two days every other month in the cafeteria. This week it takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 17 and 18. The next clinic is in January. There are volunteers to sanitize between foot clinic visitors.
Projects being worked are insulation, windows, and heating. There is a request to open up the building for adult internet use. Ventilation remains an issue for the Hall.
Sawyer Hall, Community Hall, Jacobs Road
In the past several weeks Pam Porter and Pat McGahan hosted two realtors and Randy Coochier from the Franklin County Community Development Corporation to determine the feasibility of rentals in the town buildings. The purpose was to gather information to help move forward on making the best use of our buildings.
The report on this activity will be presented to the Select Board at the next meeting and will be sent out to Heath Connects following that meeting.
Joint Committee Creation
The Select Board has created a building use committee to facilitate use of both the Community Hall and Jacobs Road for both rentals and community use. The committee is made up of 9 persons and should have its first meeting in December or soon after the new year. Tentative members are Barbara Travers, Chris Luis-Schultz, Kara Leistyna, Lyra Johnson-Fuller, Mary Sumner, Pam Porter, Pat McGahan, Sue Gruen.
The current committees for the school building and the community hall will end in December.