New England citizens welcome to Memorial Hall meeting

On Wednesday, Jan. 7 2015, there will be an informational meeting held at the Memorial Hall in New England to discuss the future remodel project.

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By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

On Wednesday, Jan. 7 2015, there will be an informational meeting held at the Memorial Hall in New England to discuss the future remodel project. The project is aimed at putting an elevator on the right side of the building.

Ruth Fitterer has been donating her time working on Memorial Hall for the last 25 years, and one day in recent months she was looking across the street at the prominent New England structure and decided it was time for the hall to get an elevator.

She knows there have been many community member that have become reliant on wheel chairs and other modes of mobile assistant devices, and the lack of an elevator has either hindered their ability to come to local events, or in some cases out right stopped them from even thinking about trying to attend. An elevator would solve this problem.

Another benefit to a working elevator would be for the citizens that are able to participate in event and sometime have to carry heavy boxes or equipment up to the top level. This would ease their workload and prevent any accidents that could potentially occur.

So Fitterer set out to make some changes.

She has already begun to gather grant money and is currently working on obtaining a grant through Roosevelt Custer.

The meeting, Fitterer said, is to show the public what the changes will look like. Many community members already know she’s been working on the project, but Fitterer said it helps if people can actually see what the changes will look like.

“People can come and see what’s going to happen and what’s going to take place,” Fitterer said. “Then I think it will make it a little more interesting for them.”

On hand will be the architect, the plumber, and possibly the carpenter. This project is going to require a remodel of the bathroom downstairs because the path of the elevator goes right through the handicap portion of the facility.

Drawings of what the elevator will look like and where the location of the new machinery will be located will be on hand for public viewing.

There will also be a question and answer portion of the meeting for members to learn more about the project.Though it’s not required, Fitterer said anyone wishing to donate to the elevator project can do so at the informational meeting. There will also be a time for project and funding suggestions if the residents have some ideas.

“It should be a community project, not just a couple of people,” Fitterer said.

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