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Town of Lincoln Gets New Town Hall And More Space Submitted: 03/30/2013

Shardaa Gray
Reporter/Anchor
sgray@wjfw.com

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TOWN OF LINCOLN - A new building, a new way of life, that's what local residents see when they look at their new town hall.

"It's so much nicer for handicap because the old building we had a ramp on the side," said Town of Lincoln resident, Kathy Gibbs.

"We had to come in a door that was right in the corner and it was really difficult for handicaps. So that in itself was a big improvement."

One of the main reasons the town wanted a new building was space restriction.

"Our old building is very inadequate," Town Board Chairwoman, Lynne Black said.

"The one room wasn't even half the size of this meeting room. We had to suffice for everything we did including our meetings and our elections."

The cost to build the new facility was more than $600,000.

"That's the amount tax payers awarded to us at a public meeting. We could spend up to $660,000 and we are very close to that, but we are within budget." said Black.

As soon as the road limits are lifted, the old building will be torn down.

"I plan for landscaping possibly black topping for parking. We could accommodate well over a hundred cars if necessary," said Town of Lincoln Supervisor, Larry Sommer.

"That will all be in the planning stages once we accomplish that next year."

The building will be available to more than just city workers.

"We've never had an area where it can be rented for weddings or baptisms or any kind of social functions," Sommer said.

"We now have a site which will accommodate 100, 150 individuals."

And with the election right around the corner, residents are elated about this new facility.

"The old one was one little room that was barely big as the entry way and people even had to stand outside when we had a good turn out and stuff," said Gibbs.

"Very cramped and crowded. So this is just going to be wonderful for people."

Tuesday's election will be held here at the new facility.


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