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Chesterfield looks at new use for recently closed post office

CAROL LOLLIS
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— After the closing of the West Chesterfield Post Office in August, town officials are considering how best to use the building at 629 Main Road.

Two ideas have recently come before the select board for consideration. One is to use the building as a place to store the town’s important documents and a second is to create a satellite library.

According to Town Administrator Sue Labrie, after a variety of town documents had been found this spring, randomly stored in closets and office safes at the town office, a three-member records preservation committee was appointed to organize, preserve and store all of the town’s important documents.

“The documents really need to be together in one safe place and to be protected from things like mold and mildew,” Labrie said.

Bill Jolly, chairman of the newly appointed committee said that in small towns like Chesterfield, town records can often end up being stored in the homes of various board members or other residents active in town government.

“Our first task is to find and systematically identify all the records the town has, then it is our obligation to preserve and protect that material,” Jolly said. Whether or not the former post office would work as a repository for town documents is currently unclear.

“We will take a look at the building and give our recommendations to the select board,” Jolly said.

A second proposal put forward came from the library trustees.

“They suggested that the building be used as a small satellite location,” Labrie said.

Library Director Cindy Squier said that the building was originally given to the town to be used as a library and suggested that it would be nice to return it to its original purpose.

Squire said that having a satellite location would enhance public access and provide library services to residents in West Chesterfield. “I know that we are a small community, but we think it would be nice to have a computer down there for the public to access as well as some assemblage of books and movies,” Squire said.

As of now, no decisions have been made regarding the building and the select board remains open to input on its future use.

Fran Ryan can be reached at Fryan.gazette@gmail.com

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