2017-11-08 / Front Page

Residents approve Cousens School funding

LYMAN — Residents voted 584 to 531 to appropriate $1.817 million to renovate the former Cousens School for use as a town hall and community space. 

The former Cousens School, at 282 Goodwins Mill Road, was built in 1937, with an addition built in 1965.

The 10,000-square-foot building was last used as a school in 2007, and was acquired by the town in 2008. The town spends money on general upkeep and heat, though the building remains vacant.
The vote allows the town to borrow up to $1.609 million and allocate up to $208,000 of reserve funds to renovate the former school.

Tuesday’s vote canceled out a previous town vote that approved a lesser amount for the proposed renovation. 

Residents voted at the polls November 2016 and again at town meeting in February 2017 to allow the town to fund $1.14 million by borrowing about $890,000 and using $250,000 of reserve funds to renovate the former school building for use as a town hall and community space. 

According to the Select Board, it became apparent after a study done by architectural firm Harriman and Associates the project couldn’t be completed with $1.14 million. 

Residents also voted 760 to 297 to change the definition of professional office and voted 675 to 391 to allow professional offices as a permitted use in the residential district requiring site plan review by the planning board in addition to any other required permits.

Staff Writer Liz Gotthelf can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 325 or egotthelf@journaltribune.com. 

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