Lamoine considers community center

LAMOINE — Residents have until Nov. 28 to weigh in on whether the town should establish a community center and, if so, what it should be like.

The town released a 22-question survey for residents last week, said Paul Howaniec, who chairs the six-member community center committee.

The idea of a community center in Lamoine has been “brewing” for awhile, he said, adding the survey is intended to indicate to committee members “if there’s enough [people] that want it, if it can move forward.”

The survey asks residents a variety of questions including what kind of activities residents would want if a community center were to be established. Respondents can choose from a list of activities that range from an informal café to adult respite care and add their own ideas.

Another question asks whether residents would want a community center to be located in a new building, in an existing one or in a facility added on to the Lamoine Consolidated School.

Residents also are asked how much the town should invest in terms of resources to establish a community center and whether residents would support an increase in taxes in order to get one.

Other questions ask how likely residents would be to use a community center, whether they already use one elsewhere and whether they believe it’s important to have one.

Howaniec said committee members don’t have any preconceived notions about whether a community center should be established or what it might look like. He didn’t want to skew the results by commenting.

“We’re not trying to influence. We want to know what the community wants,” he said. “I’d love to have some input.”

Howaniec said he was happy to get 70 responses the first day the survey was available.

“That’s a pretty good turnout at that point,” he said.

The survey can be found on the town website at

The committee meets monthly with the time changing to accommodate members’ schedules. The next meeting is 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at the town office.

Johanna S. Billings

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News Reporter Johanna S. Billings covers eastern Hancock County and western Washington County. An avid photographer, she lives in Steuben with her husband and several cats. She welcomes tips and story ideas. Email her at [email protected]

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