Work on Manager’s house continuing

Thu, 11/21/2019 - 6:45pm

Work on the house originally slated for outgoing Town Manager Ed Roberge is continuing, according to First Warden Ken Lacoste.

The main components to the home, which is being built at the Thomas Property across from the Block Island School, arrived weeks ago, and Lacoste recently told The Times that recent work includes the interior fit up and that “utility connections and weatherization are underway.” Lacoste also stated that “work on exterior finishes, front porch and rear decking and siding were due to start this week, weather permitting.”

Lacoste said the most recent timeframe for complaetion was from former Town Manger Ed Roberge, who said “mid- to late-January. But progress is being made and there is always the Block Island Factor,” said Lacoste.

Although the house was specified as the future home of a senior town official, a recent lawsuit filed by members of the New Shoreham Police Department said that use violated the terms of a will left by island resident Violette Connolly, who wanted to provide year-round housing for island police officers. That lawsuit, as well as one filed by resident Cathy Payne, are still pending.

Asked who would occupy the new home, Lacoste said, “as far as I’m concerned, the house will be available for the interim town manager if needed, and ultimately to lure a new permanent town manager.”