BANGOR- City officials have been discussing $6M worth of renovations to city hall.
At Monday night’s meeting, some residents came to voice their opposition to the renovations.
“You guys feel stuck in the seventies, I feel like I‘m stuck in a nightmare,” Shannon Denbow, a Bangor resident, said. “We have a huge problem. I don’t have any solutions, but if we’re going to focus $6M on getting you guys out of the seventies and into the nineties, we need to focus on getting Bangor out of the dump”
Denbow specifically addressed issues such as homelessness and addiction.
City councilors said those were issues to be discussed another time.
“I think you’ve given voice to what a lot of us share and what we’ve heard from a lot of people about some of the areas of the city that you’re talking about,” Bangor city councilor, Ben Sprague, said. “I would ask our council chair and city manager if we could have a discussion on this at a committee.”
Sprague said the bond wouldn’t spike taxes, but would cause a gradual increase.
Councilors said the repairs to city hall are essential.
“There’s lots of problems with accessibility here. We have mobility challenges,” Sprague said. “It’s just overdue for a major upgrade and facelift.”
The repairs would make the building compliant with ADA Standards and create a “one stop area” that would allow people to take care off all their business in one place.
Since city councilors voted to research the bond, it will be on the November ballot for voter consideration.