Turner board looks at options for Quimby center

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TURNER — Selectmen on Monday night reviewed four options for renovating the Boofy Quimby Memorial Center. 

Option A is the least expensive and uses the existing footprint of the building and the crawl space. The plan includes new restrooms and the installation of a wheelchair lift to make the building handicapped-accessible at a cost of $50,000-$70,000.
 
Options B and C both include an update of the restrooms and use a ramp for resolving accessibility. Option B would be built perpendicular to the existing building and would cost an estimated $80,000 to $100,000. Option C is a parallel addition for $90,000 to $100,000. 
 
Option D converts the existing 50- by 50-foot fire station into a new community room, coat room, new restrooms, a new kitchen area and a ramp for $90,000 to $100,000. The plan also includes the construction of a new fire station for an additional $125,000 to $150,000.
 
Selectman Steve Maheu was for option A to keep costs at a minimum. 
 
Selectmen voted unanimously to accept Keenan Auction’s proposal to sell property at 29 Johnson Hill Road.
 
The board also voted to approve the Street Construction Ordinance for Stone Crest Way that will begin at Brody Way and head north. The vote is one step of the process. The next step will be the final review by the Planning Board.
 
The annual town meeting is set for 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at Leavitt Area High School. Municipal elections will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 7, at the Town Office.

Selectman Ralph Caldwell attended his last board meeting Monday night after nearly 12 years of service. 

Chairman Kurt Youland recognized Caldwell with a commemorative plaque, noting the many ways that Caldwell has consistently helped the town. 
 
Known as Ras to residents, Caldwell was a volunteer firefighter for many years.  He served as constable and fire warden, helped build the Boofy Quimby Memorial Center, and has helped organize the Fourth of July parade.
 
Caldwell also served on the Budget Committee for 24 years, the Comprehensive Plan Committee, the Village Improvement Committee, the Municipal Needs Committee, the Nezinscot Dam Committee, the Planning Board, the Zoning Ordinance Development Committee, the Economic Development Committee, Road Committee, Bicentennial Committee, Leavitt Institute Restoration Committee, and was a member of the Leavitt Institute board of directors for 18 years.  
 
Caldwell lives on the farm where he grew up. The family produces organic beef. 

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Turner Board of Selectmen Chairman Kurt Youland, left, presents longtime Selectman Ralph Caldwell with a commemorative plaque Monday in recognition of his decades of service to the town. The presentation was made at the selectmen meeting.

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