Bradford voting on town hall restoration April 11th
A vote to choose whether Bradford Town Hall should be restored to past glory or remodeled in a cheaper manner will be held April 11 at 7 p.m. at the Bradford Elementary School.
The vote will address a reconsidered article from last month’s town meeting on an issue that has split Bradford since the old town hall, in need of major repairs, closed 17 months ago. Since then, residents have debated whether a $1.8 million bond should be approved for a project that would restore the upstairs meeting hall, which would also be used for dances and watching movies, and rebuild the town offices downstairs.
Others in town say the building can be remodeled into town offices only, at a much cheaper price, while still others wonder if it should be torn down.
At town meeting March 13, residents voted, 195-115, in favor of the measure, but a two-thirds majority, or 206 votes, was needed for approval.
Near the end of the meeting, though, word spread that some voters had received two ballots, bringing the integrity of the vote into question, said Eileen Kelly, chairwoman of the Bradford Restoration Committee. Voters then chose to reconsider.