Learn more about the Town of Wheelock at https://townofwheelockvt.org/.
“This grant has already helped make Wheelock a better place to live and work, and led us towards our goal of a fully accessible Town Hall where all may participate in municipal government and community events.” — Ann Lawless, Wheelock Selectboard Chair and Project Committee Chair, July 2021
Wheelock used its $1,000 Small Grant to engage the community and create design options for making Wheelock Town Hall fully accessible in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This historic building has served as the locus of town government and community life for 150 years.
Wheelock held an outdoor community meeting in October 2020, presenting 6 months of research to engage residents in finding solutions for persistent facilities problems.
The Town hired an architectural and outreach team that created a survey (launched May 2020, in which 10% of the population participated) and a mailer to introduce the project to Wheelock residents in March 2021. The architects are preparing two concept options based on the survey responses, which they’ll present at a public meeting in Fall 2021.
Wheelock Community Initiative (WCI) volunteers informed community members of the process through a monthly, 2 page print newsletter, The Miller’s Run, now in its 13th edition. WCI conducted outreach to its email list as well.