Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Selectmen hope state board will grant several variances in making building handicapped accessible, but the latest estimate of making repairs to the iconic building comes in at nearly $2.47 million.
Repairing Marblehead's trademark Abbot Hall bell tower may cost almost $2.47 million. That is the number that the Selectmen agreed would be presented to the Town Meeting this spring for its approval. Previous estimates had pegged the bill at $2.1 million. The Selectmen were told last week that the estimated costs of making the building accessible for wheelchairs would be an additional $344,743. That would include making at least one of the first floor entrances handicapped accessible. The town is hoping that the state Architectural Access Board will grant several variances on making the 137-year-old building handicapped accessible. The state board did grant several variances in the renovations of the Old Town House building. Last month, …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Town Meeting will be here before you know it. Have you taken a look at this year's warrant?
Town Meeting is just around the corner. Before the town meets May 6 to make decisions on this year's agenda, we're wondering which warrant articles residents are most interested in. If you haven't had a look at the warrant yet, you can download a copy via this link. There's also a PDF version attached to this story. The $2.1 million override for repairs to Abbot Hall's clock tower is likely the single biggest issue up this year. But that's not all. There are also potential overrides for improving technology in the Marblehead Public Schools and for the former landfill. And the leaf blower ban is back, despite being narrowly defeated last time. Other warrant articles would regulate dogs and signs, give a raise to the Town Clerk and change …
Sunday, February 17, 2013
A review of the top stories in Marblehead this week.
Here's a look at the top five stories on Marblehead Patch this week:
Friday, February 1, 2013
Essential daily information at a glance, including a new report that says repairs to Abbot Hall's clock and clock tower could cost $2 million.
1. Weather Watch: Winter is back. Partly sunny, with a high near 34. Breezy, with a west wind 18 to 21 mph. sunrise, 6:57 a.m. low tide, 8:30 a.m. high tide, 2:40 p.m. sunset, 4:57 p.m. 2. Selectmen Take Up Old Town House Contract: The Board of Selectmen are scheduled to meet at 12:25 p.m. Friday. On the agenda is a vote on the contract for the Old Town House. 3. Magicians in Action: The Marblehead High varsity girls basketball team hosts Danvers at 7 p.m. in the home gym. 4. Clock Tower Repairs Clock in at $2 Million: The indispensable Facebook page All Marblehead reports that a new estimate for repairs of the Abbot Hall clock and clock tower is $2 million. 5. Tour the Phillips House for Free — Just For Being a Marblehead Resident…