CHESTER— Voters will be asked at a Jan. 23 town meeting to authorize a release of funds for the town hall second floor renovation, an extension of the tax relief program for elderly and disabled homeowners, and town participation in the Connecticut Solar Challenge Program. The town meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Chester Meeting House on Liberty St.
The proposed agreement with the Connecticut Solar Challenge Program would assist the non-profit program in offering town property owners help in purchasing solar photovoltaic and solar thermal heating systems and solar heating for swimming pools. There is no cost for the town’s participation in the program, though the town will offer a flat $100 building permit fee for homeowners pursuing solar projects during a six-month period when the program is effective. The six month participation period is expected to begin later this winter.
Voters at the town meeting will be asked to authorize the release of $193,000 that has been set aside for planned renovations to the second floor of the town hall building on Route 154. The funds were obtained from the insurance settlement for the collapse of the former community center building in February 2011. The board of selectmen last month hired Nasi Group LLC of Waterford to complete the planned renovations on a low bid of $125,475.
The renovations, the first since the town hall opened in 2003, would alter office locations on the second floor and create a community meeting room that could accommodate up to 65 people. Work on the town hall renovations is expected to begin early next month, with completion expected within 60 days. Nasi Group has agreed to perform most of the work during afternoons, evenings, and weekends to limit any disruption to town hall operations.
Voters at the town meeting will also be asked to approve an extension of the town’s existing ordinance for property tax relief for elderly and disabled homeowners. The resolution would extend the ordinance and tax relief program through October 2018.