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New committee to develop plan for implementing Spurwink Church preservation

A new committee has been formed to develop a plan for preserving the historic Spurwink Church.

The new Spurwink Meeting House Preservation Committee was established by the Town Council at their meeting March 5.

The committee, to consist of nine members, will develop a plan to implement the recommendations contained in the Spurwink Church Study Committee report, submitted to the Town Council last July by the Spurwink Church Study Committee.

The report outlined priorities for renovating and preserving one of Cape Elizabeth's most historic buildings. The report recommends that the town retain ownership of the building, and invest in stabilizing the foundation of the 19th-century structure.

"It needs some foundation work, it needs some chimney work, it needs some structural work at an estimated cost of about $300,000, including related soft costs," McGovern said at the council's meeting.

McGovern is recommending the funds come from part of proposed $2.25 million bond issue, something the council has not yet approved. Formation of the committee does not commit the council to appropriating the dollars, McGovern said, but it is important to have a committee in place to secure the services of architects and engineers qualified for historic restoration. The committee will interview professional consultants and recommend to McGovern individuals or firms to provide needed services.

"The real issue with construction is the church needs to be closed a good part of the year when construction occurs," McGovern said. Timely appointment of a committee will ensure that weddings, the primary use of the church, are not scheduled in advance and then need to be canceled because of construction.

McGovern said the town would be looking toward construction during the next calendar year.

Committee members will include two Town Councilors, and will also likely include members of the original study committee.

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