Church Hill eyes bank building as new town hall
CHURCH HILL — The Church Hill Town Commissioners are laying the groundwork for moving the town office to a new location.
“Our plan is to move sometime, probably after the summer — probably later this fall” said Commissioner Charlie Rhodes at the town meeting on Monday, Aug. 15.
Preliminary plans call for the town to set up its offices in the bank building at the corner of Main St. and Walnut St. that has been unoccupied since February 2015. The town already owns the building, and has been continuing to maintain it even though it has been empty for 18 months. The bank building is across Walnut Street from the existing town hall, a structure believed to be about 100 years old.
“Maintenance on the building has been remarkably slight, but there are some things we need to be thoughtful about,” said Commissioner Ed Raffetto of the bank building.
He said the major issue is improving the drainage from the building’s flat roof, painting of downspouts and gutters, and painting of external cornices on the brick building, which dates from 1929. It replaced a bank that had been there since 1908.
“We also need to think about dealing with the inside of what we call the former lobby of the bank, so as to renovate it so it can be used for town commissioner meetings,” Raffetto said.
One thing being considered is removing the customer desk in the center of the building, and setting up the commissioners’ current meeting table in front of the former teller windows location. Where to locate numerous file cabinets containing town records was another thing talked about.
“We don’t have to have any major expense,” Raffetto.
The building has been unoccupied since Queenstown Bank relocated to a new site along Route 213 on the edge of town in Februar y 2015. OTHER BUSINESS Town Administrator Nancy Lindyberg told the commissioners the town has received $26,033 in municipal aid from Queen Anne’s County.
She explained that the funds are reimbursement to the town from the county as part of tax offset procedures.
The commissioners also accepted a bid of $1,400 from Heavy Duty Seal Coating to resurface the town parking lot. “Their work has been satisfactory ... excellent,” Raffetto said, referring to resurfacing work the company has done for the town in the past.
The work will be done over the Labor Day holiday, Lindyberg said.
The Church Hill Town Commissioners are making preliminary plans to relocate their town hall to the former Queenstown Bank building at Main and Walnut Streets.