Town of Nelson Awarded NHPA Grant

by on January 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

Great news! The Town of Nelson has received an award of $3,500 from the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance. This money will be used in 2012 to fund half the cost of an assessment and a plan for the use and preservation of the Town Buildings in the Village Center. The grant must be matched by $3,500 from the town before the award can be used — we will vote on this at Town Meeting in March.

The Buildings Committee has selected Rick Monahon to lead town residents through this planning process. Rick is a local architect who has worked on Nelson buildings in the past, and who has a wealth of experience working with old buildings. His work will take advantage of the dollars already spent by the town in 2010, through use of the property survey, wetlands delineation, digitized base drawings of the buildings, and the initial engineering assessment of the Town Hall.

This planning work is especially important now because the Town has received reports from both the Local Government Center and the New Hampshire Department of Labor that outline needed improvements.

If the warrant article is approved at Town Meeting, then Monahon will complete the following items:

  • Analysis of the base drawings of the current structures.
  • Space availability and needs assessment for the Town Hall, Town Offices and Library.
  • Structural assessments and recommendation for the Town Hall framing and foundation.
  • Recommendation for other repairs, including windows, flooring, and heating systems.
  • Recommendations for means to meet Life Safety and ADA requirements.
  • Several public meetings to first gather input from residents and then present options.
  • Development of plan drawings and preliminary cost estimates for recommended measures, for consideration at the 2013 Town Meeting.

This process could begin as soon as April 2012. The Town of Nelson is fortunate to have received this grant from the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, especially in the current era of limited state funding for town projects. The NHPA has worked with towns both large and small across New Hampshire to provide a “simple road map for appropriate treatments, cost estimates, and effective phasing for preservation work, or to develop re-use plans.”

The Town Buildings Committee applied for this grant last Fall, and would like to thank Susan Hansel and Bert Wingerson for their valuable help with the grant application. Contact any member of the committee for further information: Lisa Sieverts (762-0235), Tom Buttrick, Rob Germeroth, Bud French or Warren Hammack..

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