Letter: Connecting Charlestown Town Offices

Connecting Offices in Charlestown

To the Editor:

Article 5 on the Charlestown town warrant needs your support. This article asks for Charlestown residents to vote for a $450,000 bond to connect the Library Municipal Building with the Town Offices. This addition would consolidate town office staff and create a safer and more secure space, giving fire exits to our employees. Town residents would be able to go to one place to do all town business. Passage of this article would make our town offices accessible under the Americans with Disabilities Act at the most efficient cost possible , using one elevator to service both buildings. By connecting the two buildings, we would solve many safety issues that can no longer be ignored. The bonding of this project would allow us to spread the $450,000 cost over 20 years. The first payment would not be due until 2015. The effect on your tax bill in the first year would be 17 cents per thousand of valuation, equal to $17 on a $100,000 home. The town cannot wait any longer to correct the many safety, security and access issues of our current arrangement. All will be addressed as a part of this project. Charlestown residents can vote on the article at the Town Meeting on March 11. I can be reached at 603-543-7046 to discuss any questions you may have.

Albert St. Pierre