Plans in the works to build a town hall in Queen Anne
QUEEN ANNE — The town commissioners in Queen Anne have been hoping for some time to be able to build a town hall, and now that dream appears to be within reach.
If all goes according to plan, a new building to house the town office will be erected on the piece of land in the heart of town where the vacant Gibson’s Antique Store now stands, said Mayor Randy Esty.
“I have...taken the first step in accepting the gracious offer from Gus Gibson’s daughters to donate the antique store to the town,” Esty said. Gibson, who operated the store for many years, died earlier this year at the age of 93. He was the last remaining charter member of the Queen AnneHillsboro Fire Company. Esty said his daughters have been trying to sell the store for some time.
“It’s been used less and less,” according to Esty, who said it also once housed a grocery store. Because the building has deteriorated over time, he said plans call for it to be torn down and replaced with a new building that will have the same look as the present one.
The town commissioners have set aside $150,000 in the budget for the project and plans for a new structure are in the process of being drawn up. At this point, however, there is no firm timetable, according to the mayor. Bids will be put out for demolition of the existing building at some point in the future, he added.
“We’ve been planning for a town office for a long time,” Esty said, adding that town records have been stored at different locations over the years. The town board has been holding its meetings at the firehouse, he said. “We meet every other month and we’ll use it for town business, and maybe more people will come to the meetings.”
The three town commissioners, who serve on a voluntary basis, are Esty, Martin Eichelman, and Mark Turner. They are elected to three-year terms with one commissioner chosen as mayor by his or her colleagues. Their meetings will continue to be held at 7 p.m.