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Canton Land Conservation Trust President Expresses Interest in Grange Building for Storage, Gathering Space

As town mulls whether to accept building, trust president says the organization could also help with maintenance.

Should the town accept the Cherry Brook Grange Hall, Canton Land Conservation Trust president Barry Deutsch is hopeful the organization could utilize a portion of the space and in turn help maintain the building.

The grange is disbanding and has offered the town its building at 534 Cherry Brook Road. At a previous meeting selectmen were excited with the idea of a community space in North Canton but worried about the financial burden of some needed repairs and ongoing maintenance.

At the board’s meeting Wednesday, Deutsch said that while he would need to speak to the organization’s board before any action was taken, he felt the hall would be a great place for the organization to gather and establish a small office.

The trust has conserved nearly 2,000 acres in its 40-year history and right now, important documents are generally kept in people's houses or passed from president to president, he said.

I’m sure we would be willing to help out in taking care of the facility,” Deutsch said.

Deutsch said he would have to consult the trust directors to see if the organization would be in a position to make any financial commitment but said it could easily handle such tasks as basic maintenance and mowing.

Selectmen made no immediate decision but First Selectman Richard Barlow spoke in favor of the concept.

“To me that kind of partnership makes sense,” he said.  

Nancy November 16, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Great idea.
Wyatt November 16, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Sounds like a great proposal.
Fred November 16, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Lets see, about 5 acres of land, less than 4 miles from Collinsville, right next door to the North Canton Firehouse (7 acres). It is no secret that the association that owns the Fire House isn't what it used to be and in a few years may be folding and donating that property to the town. Am I the only one who sees a great place for a town garage on free land which will shortly become two properties owned by the town totaling over 10 acres?
N. Jon I. Twist November 16, 2012 at 07:35 PM
There are other considerations beyond maintenance and mowing. How about heat and insurance? Boy Scout Troop 177 presently meets in the building can the contribute?
Canton Taxpayer November 16, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Now this sounds like a really great idea....would save us about $3M in bonding because the Building Committee projects the site-work on Cherry Brook to be $3M alone, never mind the building and land cost which is projected at a staggering total of $7M.

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