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Wales selectmen seek town office move

Renovation project to be decided at Town Meeting

January 23, 2011
WALES — With limited funds provided annually by the Commonwealth in this challenging economic climate, many towns have been forced to put building renovation and construction projects on hold.

Oftentimes, this has resulted in municipal offices being housed in older buildings with multiple structural deficiencies.

Wales officials have spent several months identifying problems with their current town offices housed in the 3 Hollow Road building, as well as estimating the costs of potential solutions. On Thursday night, Jan. 20, members of the Board of Selectmen met with Building Inspector John Lussier and Fire Chief Paul Morin to discuss several safety concerns.

"We know the building has a lot of issues, and we would like to remedy those issues as quickly as possible and at a low cost," said Selectmen Chairman Michael Valanzola.

Selectmen agreed to provide Lussier with an engineering report that was created for the building after a previous inspection. In turn, Lussier will provide the board with a formal listing of his immediate concerns on Feb. 1. Some of the initial concerns raised by Lussier on Thursday night involved the structural integrity of fire escapes and access to the breaker box.

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

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