On May 1, after years of hard work, the Killingworth Town Office Building Committee will present a proposal for a permanent solution to the town’s administrative space needs.
The committee has been meeting for over a decade—since before temporary modular units were added in 2001 as a stopgap measure. Jim Lally, Killingworth’s Citizen of the Year, chairs the committee. The other current members are former selectman Louis Annino, Sr.; David Gross and George Keithan, both veterans of numerous town projects and committees; and town Finance Director Gina Regolo. These members bring a wealth of professional talent in construction, engineering, and sustainable design. Over the years, the committee was charged with determining the needs of the town, assessing options, and making a recommendation for the most cost-effective way to meet those needs.
“Over and over, our town has said that preserving our rural character is an essential priority,” says Jim Lally. “We will be presenting a plan that is perfectly suited to Killingworth: a solid, functional post-and-beam barn attached to the 160-year-old farmhouse that serves as our town hall. This is a great plan that meets many objectives at once, from reducing maintenance and operation costs to creating an Emergency Operations Center. I hope people will come to the meeting to hear the details.”
The meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 1, at 8:00 p.m., in the Killingworth Elementary School All-Purpose Room. The committee members, the selectmen, and the architect will explain the project and answer questions. This meeting will be informational only; no voting will occur. A referendum will likely be called at a later date.
“We couldn’t have asked for a stronger committee,” says First Selectwoman Cathy Iino. “The Board of Selectmen was impressed by the care, thoroughness, and fiscal restraint of the committee’s work, and the very sound plan they have proposed. I look forward to presenting it to the town.”