When the Sangerville Town Hall was constructed in 1902, residents dedicated it to the promotion of citizenship, patriotism and for the "wholesome pleasure" of the community. Over the years, that emphasis has been carried forward on the second floor auditorium with town meetings, operettas, basketball games, Christmas and Halloween parties, public dinners and dances, pageants, musical performances, weddings and a host of other activities. Pictured in the photograph is the 2nd floor of the Sangerville Town Hall depicting a banquet held by the Sangerville Improvement Society on January 12th, 1916.
For the past three decades; however, functions on the second floor have been limited because of the lack of handicap accessibility. The absence of an elevator will be the focus of a meeting on Monday, November 30th at 6:30 PM. The meeting will take place in the Town Hall meeting room located at 1 Town Hall Avenue in Sangerville. Individuals attending will hear details about the cost, grants that may help fund the project and recommendations from the State Fire Marshal's Office.
Much has been done over the years to renovate the historic building's exterior and its first floor, which functions as a town office, library, public meeting room, storage area and houses two restrooms.
Voters did, several years ago, set aside funds for an elevator but the need for a sprinkler system prompted the depletion of those funds. It is now hoped that residents will move forward to obtain a grant and raise funds for an elevator so residents can once again use the auditorium.