The back side of Memorial Hall, with the Crafts Inn behind it.(Chris Mays/Reformer)
The back side of Memorial Hall, with the Crafts Inn behind it. (Chris Mays/Reformer)

WILMINGTON -- Negotiations involving Memorial Hall and an abutter have come to an end.

"We kind of lost hope on ever agreeing," said Wilmington Town Manager Scott Murphy in April.

Construction of a support structure, which ultimately will house a heating ventilation and air conditioning unit behind Memorial Hall, will finally begin in the next few weeks. The plan involves extending the rear of the building out by 10 feet wide, 30 feet long and 12 feet high for the appliance.

On June 19, Murphy said he would be sending a letter to Incurable Romantic owner Cindy Beaudette stating plans for construction would not involve using her property. Instead, the crew will access the property behind Memorial Hall by using Crafts Inn land. Previously, Crafts Inn General Manager Alice Richter opposed the project but has since reached an understanding with the town.

For this project, the abutters' concerns were about liability during construction and maintenance as well as aesthetics regarding the deck. The two abutters filed a lawsuit with the Environmental Court, which initially caused a delay.

Recently, the town has replaced the handicap ramp but the support structure remained on its do-to list.

"The handicap ramp came out really nice. It looks great," said Murphy. "Once we get the support structure and heating unit on, there will be internal adjustments to tune in the mechanicals."

To get the support structure installed, the approximately 10-foot area owned by the town will be taped off and the crew will be expected to work between that area and the Crafts Inn property. Murphy told the Selectboard that town attorney Bob Fisher recommended this course of action.

Memorial Hall is being used on a daily basis, Murphy said.

Currently, the Wings Community Program is running its annual summer camp that began on June 17. It was open to students within the Windham Southwest Supervisory Union District. This year, campers will act out "Scooby Doo" and sing with hired musicians for the camp. The performances will begin on June 27 and end on June 29.

The series called "Great American Songbook Concerts" will continue its run. On July 19, the concert will benefit the Deerfield Valley Rotary Club. The previous show on June 21 benefited the Deerfield Valley Food Pantry.

There are concerts planned for Aug. 23, Sept. 20 and Oct. 11, which will benefit West River Habitat for Humanity, Pettee Memorial Library and Jessica's Closet. The series was organized by resident Mary Jane Finnegan and musical director Chris Bakriges.

Murphy said he believed one more wedding was booked for Memorial Hall for sometime in the summer.

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