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Open house at a Town Hall

Sturbridge celebrates completed renovation

October 18, 2010
STURBRIDGE — Town leaders are ready to open up the Town Hall offices for a tour of the renovated building, to allow residents to see their tax dollars at work.

The Town Hall and the Center Office Building across the street will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23 for public view by the public. At 1 p.m., there will be a brief ceremony with town leaders and state representatives in the Veterans Memorial Hall on the second floor of Town Hall, followed by a guided tour. Residents will also be given an opportunity to take self-guided tours and to meet with department heads, who will be available during the two-hour open house.

"I'm looking forward to meeting residents who have not come by before," Town Administrator Shaun Suhoski said, who will greeting people in his office from 2 to 3 p.m. "Everyone should feel welcome to drop by my office to say hi or to ask about the town government. This is an open house for citizens to come here to see the building and meet with us."

Suhoski added that Town Hall is, of course, open to residents during the day and anyone should feel welcome to come by and visit at any time.

The $5.5 million renovation project was first proposed about five years ago and a version of the project was passed at Town Meeting in 2007, but after a closer examination of the building, the $4.3 million price tag was deemed too low to address structural problems and the project was put on hold. In 2009, the current project was passed in Town Meeting.

The project was meant to update the old building and to provide additional office space in the Center Office Building. The renovations have provided town employees with larger workspaces and more storage area. It also made the building more comfortable and energy efficient. Workers also addressed issues of deteriorating foundation and other structural problems. The renovations were finished over the summer and the buildings were opened for business on Monday, Aug. 9.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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