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Newsfront - September 26, 2008

Town forms Vets Hall steering committee

Final design should be ready in mid-2009

by Geoff Gillette

Movement continues on the proposed revamping of the downtown Veterans Memorial Building. At their Sept. 17 meeting, members of the Danville Town Council approved the formation of a steering committee to oversee planning and architectural design for the Vets Hall.

Town Manager Joe Calabrigo introduced the item at the council meeting and said that it came about as follow-up to discussions held at an earlier session.

"We talked about creating a steering committee. It would be responsible for making design recommendations to the council, and the council will ultimately have to balance the size and scope of the project," Calabrigo said.

The Steering Committee would be an ad hoc body, working with the architectural consultant, according to the staff report. Calabrigo added that the committee's mandate will be to meet the needs of both the town's veteran population and the seniors who presently use the existing facility, and to stay within whatever budget is established by the town.

The committee will consist of two members each from the veterans, Town Council, Senior Sub-Committee of the Danville Parks and Leisure Services Commission, Heritage Resource Commission and Planning Commission.

Danville Mayor Candace Andersen said plans call for each of the five groups to come up with their members. Once the committee is formed, they will try to set up a meeting in late October.

Calabrigo said the town has not chosen an architectural consultant as of yet. Once that is done they will be ready to hit the ground running.

"I've set for myself the goal to be done with the preliminary design process no later than June of next year," he said. "That will give us the second half of 2009 for the specs and final design. Then in 2010 they can go out to bid on the project."