WOODSTOCK – Members of the Economic Development Authority on Monday night approved a facade rehabilitation grant of $9,100 for a new look to the Woodstock Fire Department building.
EDA members recusing themselves from the discussion and vote were Zach Hottel and Phyllis Fleming, who sit on the Fire Department board. Chairman David Hutton was not at the meeting, which was lead by Vice Chairman Michael Funk.
The project drawings show the existing canopy will be replaced with a new canopy with brick and wood poles. Globe wall sconces for lighting also will be installed. The total cost of the project is $18,195.
The project was initially discussed at funding a quarter of the overall project cost. It had scored at 3.4 on various criteria, just below the required 3.5, to receive half of the project funding.
EDA Board Member Charles Hepner pointed out one of the criteria the project was judged on was would this promote tourism in the town - not something a fire department would do. Members then asked if it was in the purview to go ahead and approve funding for half of the project.
Aaron Grisdale, deputy town manager, said they could.
Funk, Hepner and board member Jessica MacDonald voted to approve the grant for $9,100.