Presentation made on Wilton Town Hall renovations

Wilton selectmen listen to proposal from Concord firm

WILTON – The Board of Selectmen met with representatives of Mile­stone Engineering and Construction of Concord on Monday, Nov. 7, to hear a proposal for the renovation of the north­ern end of Town Hall.

The selectmen are seeking a contractor to renovate the former po­lice station into offices and storage spaces. The work will entail new heating and lighting, and the removal of the old jail cells.

General Superinten­dent David Baer and Project Manager Mark Goldstein described their firm as a "middle-sized company, small enough to oversee all work as a team." They specialize in historic preservation and restoration, and have worked with the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance on several li­braries and town halls.

They were introduced by architect Alison Melt­zer, who has been work­ing on the redesign of the space.

Baer said they like the hard, small jobs, "the ones other people don’t like to tackle," and that they prefer using local contractors.

Goldstein said the space to be renovated "will present some chal­lenges."

The Main Street en­trance to that section of Town Hall is to the left of the main entrance and includes the area under the stairs to the theater. It is currently used by the building inspector, town assessor and oth­ers and for storage of town documents. The heating is unreliable and needs to be totally rewired.

Milestone will pres­ent a proposal, which would have to be ap­proved at Town Meet­ing.

Selectman Chairman Kermit Williams asked for references from oth­er small towns.