Second meeting planned

HANCOCK — A second informational meeting on plans to renovate the town’s Meetinghouse will be held Monday at 7 p.m. in the lower level of the building, which organizers hope will eventually become a useful space for town activities.

“We’re looking forward to getting input on how we can continue to use the building if we can make the [downstairs] space more handicapped accessible,” said Gary Ryer, chair of the town’s Meetinghouse Restoration Committee, on Monday. “There’s a lot going on in town, and there are times when it would be great to have that space available.”

At the meeting, committee member Dave Drasba will review the plans for improvements that he first presented at an Oct. 17 informational meeting. Organizers also plan to address questions that arose at that meeting about how the space could be used and how the project would be funded, since the Meetinghouse space is jointly owned by the town and the First Congregational Church. They will also discuss plans under way for private fundraising and grants.

“We want to focus on some of the feedback we got and to let people know where we are now,” Ryer said.

At the earlier meeting, organizers said the project could cost as much as $1 million and might require voters to approve up to $850,000 at Town Meeting next year.

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