ISLESBORO — The newly renamed Municipal Building Project Committee, formerly the Health & Safety Building Committee, met with project architect Stephen Blatt April 5 to review draft designs for the renovated Municipal Building, according to committee Chair Lauren Bruce, who spoke to The Republican Journal April 6.

The building currently houses the town’s Public Safety offices – police, fire and EMS – as well as the Islesboro Health Center and the Town Office. If the town approves the building of a new health center, it is hoped the Municipal Building can be renovated to provide expanded quarters for Public Safety and additional Town Office storage space.

Blatt took over the project in February, after 2A Architects of Rockport, the project’s original architect, told the town it did not have the necessary experience developing rural health centers and it wanted to withdraw from the project. The board accepted 2A’s withdrawal at its Feb. 3 meeting, along with the firm’s offer not to charge the town for the work it did.

Among the documents discussed at the meeting was a draft timeline that calls for schematic plans for the entire project, including the health center, the renovation of the Municipal Building and the construction of an additional Public Safety garage on the north end of the island, to the Select Board the first week of June, followed by community information meetings from mid-June through mid-July. The schedule also calls for a special town meeting to vote on the entire project and a bond to fund part of the cost in August.

In the meantime, Bruce and other committee members will attend informal community meetings, such as the April 12 meeting of the Islesboro Sewing Circle she is going to, to answer questions about the project and get a sense of community sentiment.

She will also meet, along with Anderson, with the town’s Energy Committee, to go over energy efficiency recommendations for the proposed clinic, and with others who are providing advice on different aspects of the project.

Bruce said so far, the committee had not learned of any available grant funding for this type of project.

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