Hope to continue new town hall exploration

The town of Hope is going to continue to investigate whether there is a way to build a new town hall in the north-eastern Bartholomew County community.

A town building committee recommended that the community hire an architect to begin studying the feasibility of constructing a new town hall.

The current town hall is in a pole-barn-like building originally constructed as a garage in the 1970s. The existing building has problems including lack of ADA-accessible restrooms, little storage space, wiring issues and a lack of insulation.

The Town Council agreed to move forward by seeking bids from architects who might be interested in helping the town with the feasibility study. The town’s grant adviser, Trena Carter from ARA, said she had no idea how much such a study would cost.