Church Hill eyes bank build­ing as new town hall

Record Observer - - News - By JACK SHAUM jshaum@kibay­times.com

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.

PHOTO BY JACK SHAUM

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.

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