TUSKET—Argyle municipal council has unanimously approved moving ahead with plans to construct a new administrative building. Council discussed the report summarizing their community engagement process, which included six public meetings and a survey outlining options for the administration building.
As outlined in the report, the feedback from the municipality’s residents was overwhelmingly in favour of building a new facility, with 90 per cent of survey participants preferring this option over the two other choices – i.e. a retrofit to the existing building or taking no action at this time.
“We were pleased with the community participation, with many residents either filling out the survey or giving us their opinions at public events and restaurants,” said Argyle Warden Aldric d’Entremont. “It was clear that our residents supported a new construction as the most sensible option.”
Council’s decision was to move ahead with the development of a plan and to determine a proper location for the new building.
“One of the messages we heard was that while residents preferred a new building, they were concerned that they were doing so without actually seeing the plans,” the warden said. “This is why we will be involving local experts in the planning stage, and engaging the community again prior to construction.
“We strongly support the construction of a new building, one that showcases community pride, but also one constructed modestly.”
Council determined that a building committee, led by councilors and staff, will begin the work. The committee will be supported by local community and…