Castleton board to take up town office renovation Monday
By Darren Marcy
Staff Writer | September 28,2013
CASTLETON — A special meeting Monday will tackle issues surrounding the renovation of the old town office building at 556 Main St.
The renovation is the only item on the agenda for the meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Castleton Community Center.
The meeting was originally scheduled to be held at the temporary town office building, but Select Board Chairman Thomas Ettori moved the meeting to the community center in anticipation of a large crowd.
While the meeting is billed as an update on the plan to renovate the old building, several issues are likely to crop up.
One is a continuation of the discussion over where to locate the Castleton Police Department.
The department had been part of the plans for the renovated town offices. But both Police Chief Bruce Sherwin and Vermont State Police Lt. Charles Cacciatore said this week the town office would not be the best location.
There is also a new issue of whether the town will need a building permit to do the work.
The town’s Development Review Board ruled the town would not need a permit because the town office qualified as an essential-services building and was not subject to zoning regulations.
That decision has been appealed by a town resident and the issue will be sent to the state Environmental Court. Town Manager Charles Jacien said that, along with other issues, will delay application for a federal grant.
“We have a few issues there we have to work out,” Jacien said. “That sort of puts everything at a standstill until the Environmental Court rules.”
Other issues will likely crop up, as the renovation project has long been a major, contentious issue in town.
That could lead to a large crowd for the meeting.
“There are real issues,” Jacien said. “There’s real passion on both sides.”