Piecing together what the BoS spoke about last Thursday and the Heritage Commission draft minutes from their meeting a few days prior, it would seem that the plan is to inspect all town- owned historic buildings, including the Taylor building.
Per the BoS April 27th minutes "It was agreed that because of the interest the Heritage
Commission expressed in preserving the building ( Taylor building) at a meeting this winter that the
Commission be given a window of time to come up with a proposed use or uses for the
property that are appropriate for the village area." The Heritage Commission minutes stated that "(Selectman)Joel Mudgett will facilitate inspections of the town-owned historic buildings (Taylor House, Moultonborough Town House, Middle Neck School) by the end of May."
Selectman Mudgett reported that the Heritage Commission will look at finding available funds to evaluate these properties.
The Heritage Commission also discussed the Grange Hall which continues to deteriorate. No repairs have been made since the emergency roof stabilization in 2012. The Grange Hall is owned by the Moultonborough Historical Society.
Numerous historical buildings in the village are in various states of disrepair, town owned and privately owned, and anythings the Heritage Commission can do to facilitate or instigate some activity in improving these buildings is a plus for the town.
Committees need to talk to each other to better understand what each is working on and how they can better work toward some common goals. The BoS tried for a few years to facilitate a convention of town committees, which petered out this year due to lack of interest from many committees. The village will continue to stagnate without some coordinated effort and coordinated planning.
Not having a full time Town Planner has also been detrimental in many ways, and in this particular area it has been glaring. These days, qualified candidates are hard to come by, but lets hope we can get one on board very soon.
We can continue to do nothing in the village until the sills of these old buildings rot away and the walls buckle out and the roofs collapse, or we can decide to be proactive and define some specific, actionable steps that lead to an end result that will enhance the village. If we don't take a step forward, we will always be in the same place.