BEAVER COVE – Residents turn out early for town meetings and selectmen’s meetings in this Moosehead Lake community not to get a good seat, but to simply find a place to sit.
Space is limited in the small, two-room building that for years has been leased for municipal services. As more move to this scenic community, the space crunch only worsens.
That could change, however, if residents approve a plan next month to construct and fund a new two-story municipal building estimated to cost $275,000.
Wallace Williams, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, said Tuesday that the town is continually growing as people build their dream summer or year-round homes in the community. There are now 91 residents who live year-round in the community and there are 309 taxable properties. The current tax rate is $5.40 per $1,000 valuation.
“As life evolves around these happenings, it’s important that the town be able to serve the residents and property owners in the simplest way,” Williams said.
Town officials, with the approval of residents, purchased a 2.75-acre parcel on Lily Bay Road, located a short distance from the current building, for the new facility. A 48-by-28-foot building with an 18-by-4-foot deck is proposed for the site. The building will meet state code and be accessible to the handicapped.
According to Williams, both floors would be accessible at ground level. A walk-in basement would serve as a community room and the upper floor would be used for municipal office functions.
In order for the project to move forward, the Land Use Regulatory Commission must approve a zone change on the property from general management subdivision to general development subdivision.
Town officials are optimistic that the zone change will be approved and that residents at the annual May town meeting will approve and fund the construction. He said the committee had done a tremendous job investigating the construction costs and design.
Williams said the new facility would have ample parking and would be landscaped to retain a natural appearance. He hopes that construction could begin this summer.
A public hearing will be held on the proposed project at 7 p.m. April 24, in the municipal building.