Future of Union Meeting Hall to be eyed

FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectmen will meet with other town officials and citizens on Monday night to discuss the future of the town-owned Union Meeting Hall, which sits on the east side of Route 7 across from the former town clerk’s office.
Selectmen are concerned with the condition of the historic building and the increasing cost of maintaining it. The building is now rented for a modest fee to a church, but officials said the income is not enough to pay for building upkeep in the long term.
Selectmen will sit down at 6:30 p.m. at Monday’s public meeting at the town clerk’s office with members of the town’s planning and zoning board, historical society and conservation commission.
The Union Meeting Hall was originally jointly built, owned and shared by the town’s churches. When their congregations and the town’s population grew, the churches established their own houses of worship, and eventually the building was deeded to Ferrisburgh.
Recently, selectmen have had to replace two windows in the building’s tower and to fix its front entry porch after a retaining wall collapsed.
According to May 4 selectboard minutes, “It was noted the building needs a lot of maintenance.”
Reporter Andy Kirkaldy is at andyk@addisonindependent.com.

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