By John Fitts
CANTON – Calling it unfortunate, Canton selectmen nonetheless have decided to let go of the North Canton Grange building.
The board recently voted to authorize Chief Administrative Officer Robert Skinner to make arrangements to give the building to the state grange association.
In September of 2013, the town accepted the building as a gift from members of the dissolved Cherry Brook Patrons of Husbandry Grange #210.
In the fall of 2016, Boy Scout Troop 177 came forward with an offer to perform some of the necessary repairs, which town officials estimate to be nearly $145,000, a much higher figure than repair estimates a few years ago.
Even with the Scouts’ offer, officials said the town would still be responsible for approximately $100,000 in upgrades. Additionally the $4,500 in annual costs would rise to $11,600 once the building was refurbished, officials said.
Selectmen said it was unfortunate but felt the town could not take on the project, particularly in this economic climate.
See more in this week’s Valley Press.