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Tuftonboro library building committee to come up with a plan by Sept. 15

August 07, 2014
TUFTONBORO — Tuftonboro's Library Building Advisory Committee has been working with a quickened pace to have a building plan developed by Sept. 15. Consideration for the 2015 town warrant necessitates perusal by the Board of Selectmen, the Planning Board, the Capital Improvements Program (CIP) committee and the Budget Committee.

The nine-member committee will have met nine times since mid June by press time, if all goes according to schedule..

It approved a Request for Qualifications form drafted by member Jim Allan to be sent out to the architects on its list, has met with Peter Tennant of Tennant/Wallace Architects (the firm that designed the latest proposal) and met two times this week to hear additional architectural presentations.

The meeting time, now beginning at 6 p.m. and ending at 8:30 p.m., has been extended by an hour to accommodate two one hour presentations each evening.

The schedule also included a meeting on Aug. 5 to update the Budget Committee on the committee's findings so far.

As previously reported, it agrees with the recommendation of a 9,781 square foot space for a new library, a determination based on a nationally recognized formula called the Wisconsin approach, which also factors in the impact of summer residents.

That said, the committee is exploring how to meet that need at a reduced cost.

Member Skip Hurt got the ball rolling with a presentation in July of his alternative two-level concept on the site of the former Dearborn property across the street from the library, which he believes can provide the square footage at a lower cost than the most recent building proposal. He envisions a wall of glass on the west facing side to take advantage of the sunlight.

At this point, said Chairman Dave Ford, the committee is exploring two story options on the Dearborn site that can meet the operational exigencies of having two floors (elevator, stairwell, staffing) at a reduced cost.

Members of the public have shown interest in the proceedings, held at the Central Fire Station. Feedback is welcome.

Joe Kowalski tapes the meetings for the television audience and provides DVDs to the library for clients to check out.

Library 17th Anniversary

The Tuftonboro Free Library is celebrating its 175th anniversary with a celebration at the library on Saturday, Aug. 16th, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., rain or shine.

The public is welcome.

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