Chamber office, restroom redo discussed

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Replacing the public restrooms near the Village Green, which some have called an embarrassment, is a high priority for town manager Don Lagrange.

And he has asked the Southwest Harbor/Tremont Chamber of Commerce if it is still interested in building a permanent home for the chamber – with nice, modern public restrooms – on the site of the existing facilities.

Three years ago, the chamber board sent a letter to Southwest Harbor selectmen suggesting that such a building be constructed with a combination of public and private funds. The chamber proposed, “as a starting place for discussion,” that the town would own the building.

Town officials took no action on the proposal and there were no formal discussions.

The chamber has been leasing space in the Harbor House building for the past two years.

In the 2010 letter to town officials, the chamber suggested it form a committee to raise money to help the town pay for a new building.

Mr. Lagrange said Friday that the town currently has $15,106 in a reserve account for new restrooms. He plans to talk with the selectmen this fall about including funds for construction of new restrooms in next year’s budget.

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Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]