I was president of the association that gave Wescustogo Hall and $20,000 to North Yarmouth in 1997. Negotiations with the Board of Selectmen decided that 65 percent of the property would permanently be a Village Green. We specifically agreed to rebuild if the hall was destroyed and after 25 years, hall use could be changed by town vote. Town Meeting approved the agreement.
Weeks after the hall burned two years ago, Selectmen Mark Girard met with me and asked if Grange members were flexible in how the hall was rebuilt. I said yes, but said members would not support using the fire insurance money to renovate Memorial School into a Town Hall.
Question 1 ignores the agreement, the wishes of the Grange, and does not rebuild the hall. In seven years the town may even sell our property. Grange members overwhelmingly urge voting no on Question 1 and yes on Question 2.
Lincoln J. Merrill Jr.