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Hancock community center plan approved

March 15, 2007|by ERIN JULIUS

HANCOCK - The Hancock Town Council voted Wednesday to proceed with a plan to revamp its community center, converting the meeting room into a performing arts center.

Councilman Sinclair Hamilton, who sits on the Arts Council, proposed the performing arts center during the town council's December meeting.

Hamilton wants to make the space available to the community for dances, plays and festivals.

People approached him about the lack of an appropriate space for arts activities, and the performing arts center was borne of their questions, Hamilton said Wednesday.

"The community requested it," he said.

A stage sits in the community center's large room. It was walled off years ago and is used as a storage area by the police department.

To make room for seating in front of the stage, a partial wall would have to be moved back several feet, reducing the space for refrigerators and shelves used by the Hancock Lions Club for its food bank. The Lions Club also stores medical supplies in the community center. The medical equipment would not be moved, Town Councilman Tim Smith said.

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Members of the Lions Club voiced concerns Wednesday night.

"You're going to cut our space to less than 10 feet," Larry Gerber said. "Don't tell me we don't do some good in this community."

Hamilton said he hopes the community center is available by the fall or winter.

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