Originally published in The Weekly Packet, June 20, 2013
Brooklin Town office open house planned with July 4 events
by Rich Hewitt
The town will hold an open house for the renovated town office building beginning at 8:15 a.m. on Thursday, July 4.
The renovation work on the building was completed last winter, but the selectmen chose the Fourth of July for the open house in order to give as many residents as possible the chance to come in an view the refurbished office space.
“We wanted to make it for as many people as possible,” Selectman Albie Smith said. “We hoped we’d get more people on the Fourth; there’s always a lot of people in town then.”
The open house will begin with a performance by the Brooklin Band at 8:15 a.m. followed by a brief ceremony at 8:30 a.m. that will include an opening prayer and remarks by the Rev. Peter Sprague. The ceremony will include a review of the renovation process from Smith; Jon Wilson, the chairman of the renovation committee; architect Lauren Reiter and a representative from E.L. Shea, the general contractor for the project.
The building will be open and staffed until 9:45 a.m. so that all can tour the building before the annual Fourth of July parade.
The renovation project included a redesign of the interior of the building creating new work space for the town office staff, a new office for the select board and a community meeting room. The meeting room is dedicated to Frank Parson, and the selectmen’s office is dedicated to the memory of Robert Tapley. Both men were longtime chairman of the board of selectmen.