Town Hall Committee
The function of the Town Hall Committee is to preserve the historic Westport Town Hall by identifying structural needs, advocating for its upkeep and assisting with routine maintenance.
The “Old Town Hall”, aka the former Union Meeting House, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 15, 2002. To this day, the Town Hall is where the town’s elections and its annual Town Meeting are conducted. It also hosts many community events as well as approved private functions, such as weddings, family reunions and celebrations.
Members are appointed by the Select Board based on their interest in helping to keep the Hall a well-preserved community landmark.
What the Town Hall Committee Does
The Committee’s activities typically include:
- Preparing an annual budget request for Town Meeting
- Keeping the Select Board informed of the Hall’s needs and the status of work being performed by committee members or contractors on maintenance projects
- Performing periodic maintenance of the Hall and surrounding land
- Working with various Town Committees to facilitate their use of the Hall
- Identifying needed structural and cosmetic work (e.g. roofing. painting, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, etc.)
- Overseeing the work of project contractors
- Inspecting the Hall periodically during periods of non-use