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Sister Bay Village Hall remains focus at local meetings

The fight to keep the Sister Bay Village Hall standing along the waterfront continues this week at a pair of meetings.

 

The aging structure has been on the agenda for several recent meetings for the Village Board and its Parks, Properties, and Streets Committee as officials decide whether it is worth the money to rehabilitate the Village Hall. The village has received approximately two dozen letters of support for keeping the structure, citing it as one of the last remaining structures built with locally sourced stone and that it represented the area’s quaintness that some have said has deteriorated in recent years. Two letters supported tearing down the building, with one challenging the structure’s historic credentials because of roof repairs done in the 1980s. The other would like the building torn down and replaced with a patch of grass so there can be an unobstructed view of the bay.

 

Because of the outpouring of support for saving the building, Parks, Properties, and Streets Committee member Denise Bhirdo recommended at their August 30th meeting that the village get a quote on what it would take to rehabilitate the building. She also said it is imperative for the village property owners to know that their property taxes could increase if the structure stayed. Another public input meeting was held on September 7th. The Village Board will discuss the correspondences, additional comments, and concerns at their meeting on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The Parks, Properties, and Streets Committee will continue their conversation about whether they should retain or raze the Village Hall at their Wednesday meeting at 5:30 p.m.

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