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Special Town Meeting Held on July 25, 2017
Article #1 - Shall the Town authorize the Board of Selectmen to accept the donation of the New Hampton Grange Hall, and proceed with the relocation and reuse of the building to provide a community focused multi-use building?  There will be no appropriation of funds with this article.
Note: A March 2017 Warrant Article was presented and approved by the New Hampton voters at Town Meeting, which authorized the expenditure of $150,000 to relocate the "Grange Hall" building to return it back to its original location next to the Town House, where it was built in 1826, and to make initial necessary repairs.  The Selectmen were also authorized to accept donations, state or federal grants, or other funds that may become available to offset this appropriation.
Another Warrant Article in the amount of $4,000 was approved with authorization to expend to allow for the evaluation of the building's condition, potential uses and future repair or upgrade costs.  Any further town expenditure above the approved $150,000, would require voter approval.  


Click here for the PowerPoint presentation made at the 1st Deliberative Session.
Click here for the minutes from the 1st Deliberative Session.

Results of the 2nd Session - Tuesday, July 25th:     134 NO          97 YES
 
THE NEW HAMPTON GRANGE No.123
ALSO KNOWN AS THE CHAPEL, COMMERCIAL HALL, CHAPEL HALL AND THE WRITIN’ ROOM

Grange Hall
Grange Hall, Main Street (current location)
2 ½ stories, 31’ x 58’


The Grange building is 191 yrs old and it is a significant piece of New Hampton’s history.  The building has been in three (3) different locations.  First built and used as a Chapel (next to the Old Town House), then classrooms for the Institute in the Village, then to its present location on Main Street and was used for close to 85 years as the “Grange Hall”.  The New Hampton Community Church acquired the building in 1995 with the intention of utilizing the building and providing meeting space and a community center.  For 15 years it was used for community gatherings, town board meetings, the Church’s Sunday school and other events. 

The Board of Selectmen was advised the fall of 2016 that the Church had determined they had no use for the building and planned to demolish it in November of 2016, to make room for more parking and/or possible additions to the Church building.  The Board met with Church members and asked for a stay in their plans to allow the Town to explore the possible options to save the Grange.  The Church membership and Pastor agreed to postpone until the Town votes.  

Preliminary investigation was done on the condition of the building and the possibility of moving the building from the present site, but further evaluation is needed in order to present to the voters a final recommendation to move forward.
 
The Board of Selectmen presented warrant articles to the voters for authorization to further investigate the possibility of moving the building back to its original location, explore and propose future uses for the building, evaluate the condition and need for repair or improvement.  These findings will be presented to the voters at a Special Town Meeting in the summer of 2017.

Click here for information provided to voters prior to the 2017 March Town Meeting.  This includes information on the Grange building's history, its past locations and uses, and additional photographs.

Click here for a review of the Warrant Articles presented to the voters at the 2017 March Town Meeting.


Click here for the original action by Town Meeting in 1826, permitting the New Hampton Academy to erect a building adjacent to the Town House.

Click here to view an artist's rendition of Meeting House Lane from 1826-1911. Artist: Harry Moulton