After- vote get-together 2017

     Susan and I hosted our third "after-vote get-together" in the Civic Center again, since the elevator is not yet done. We had tea and coffee, cider, doughnuts, pulled pork sandwiches, cabbage and noodles,  broccoli-cheddar cheese soup,and chili.  We had our best turnout yet, and people expressed interest in seeing it continue after each election. People kindly donated enough to cover our expenses, with some left over to cover rent and food for our next one, which we HOPE can be in the Center Scool building, assuming the elevator is finished by that time. We will have to clear it with the Bosrd of Elections, but we hope to be far enough away at the east end of the building to satisfy their requirements; if not, it's back to the Civic    Center.  We see this as a place for people to gather AFTER voting, to chat with friends and have some light refreshments, and a close place for election workers and others to have a hot lunch in relative quiet.     Come visit us after you vote in the next election!

     We would like to thank Carole Pollard for making the cabbage and noodles this year. It took an extra load off of Susan. Thanks, Carole.

Elevator update #1

Progress is much slower than expected. As of 9/9/17, the entrance enclosure is built, and looks very nice,  matching the building's color as closely as can probably be expected. It is of block construction with a standing seam metal roof, and blends in very nicely. Inside, there is no visible evidence of any construction yet underway on the elevator car itself. That  work is projected to take another 5-6 weeks, plus at least one more week for testing, calibration, and inspection, etc.. There is a nice new sidewalk to the entry, with backfill and final grading of the adjacent slope to be done soon (we hope). Update #2 will appear here as soon as anything changes. Regrettably, all previous estimations of a completion date are obviously null and void. Stay tuned, and know that it will be completed!

Elevator Celebration

The elevator project is moving ahead in the Mantua Center School building, albeit more slowly than many of us wished or anticipated. However, the main thing is that it IS moving ahead. Most of the required new electrical service work is done, and now the elevator company can very soon begin to build the actual "passenger car" to carry people to all floors of the building. It has been a long haul , and sometimes very frustrating, not to mention very expensive, but keep in mind that the overwhelming majority of the cost has been covered by grant money, obtained by the Grants and Funding Committee. Very little of the cost to date has come from the township coffers. Once the elevator is in and working, we will give you a clearer picture of the cost proportions. You will almost certainly be very pleasantly surprised at just how much was covered by grant money and money raised by The Mantua Restoration Society and The Mantua Historical Society, and how little of the total came from Township funds. The Mantua Restoration Society is planning a party to celebrate the completion and full use of the elevator. Details are yet incomplete, but will be posted here as soon as we can make concrete plans and set a date, probably in September. 

In November, we hope to be able to have our "after-you-vote" get-together in the building, making use of the separate elevator entrance to gain the required distance from the polls. More on that later. If necessary, we'll hold it in the Civic Center again.

More on elevator progress next week. Stay tuned!.