(VIDEO) Fran Bothelo-Hoeg announces big plans for Adams Center; BOS tasks trustees to oversee Kingston’s “orphan building”
TOWN HOUSE- Fran Bothelo-Hoeg was all smiles after the selectmen voted unanimously to establish a board of trustees for the Fredric C. Adams Heritage Center (pictured), which was newly renovated at a hefty price tag last year.
Bothelo-Hoeg presented the Board of Selectmen (BOS) with the proposal, a joint effort between the Historical Commission and the Frederic C. Adams Development Committee, and promised that while the selectmen would “maintain the last say” with the Adams Heritage Center—a board of trustees would secure optimal use for the Adams Heritage Center on behalf of Kingstonians.
“Right now we have a beautiful building that’s been restored…and can be used for a lot of different events and activities,” Bothelo-Hoeg told the BOS on Tuesday night. “But nothing’s happening there, and the town has spent millions of dollars preparing it.”
Bothelo-Hoeg, a member of the Historical Commission, said a board of trustees for the Adams Heritage Center could submit proposals to the BOS and do “the legwork” on behalf of Kingston’s executive board.
Dennis Randall, a fellow member with Bothelo-Hoeg on the Historical Commission, also spoke to the selectmen and said the Adams Heritage Center was “in danger of becoming an orphan building.”
“In the future this could pay back the town,” Randall told the selectmen, adding that he also envisioned “sustainability” for the Adams Heritage Center.
Bothelo-Hoeg predicted author meet-and-greets and speaking lectures will soon be coming to the Adams Heritage Center and said she believes a board of trustees dedicated to the Kingston landmark could make the Adams Heritage Center “self sustaining.”
Bothelo-Hoeg also spoke to the Adams Heritage Center’s possible role in relocating countless Kingston artifacts scattered throughout the Bay State in places like Plimoth Plantation and Boston University. “We could bring home those artifacts with the right shelving units,” Bothelo-Hoeg said.
The Historical Commission and Frederic C. Adams Development Committee joint proposal suggested a six-member board, composed of two citizens at large, a selectman, a library trustee, a member of the cultural council and a member of the historical commission.
After minor objections to a six-member board from Selectwomen Sandy MacFarlane and Susan Munford, Bothelo-Hoeg and the selectmen settled on a seven-member board of trustees with three at large citizens instead of two.
Shortly after the BOS voted to establish the Frederic C. Adams Heritage Center Board of Trustees, Munford volunteered and received consensus support to become the BOS’ designee on the newly formed board.
“I can throw a party,” Munford joked before the selectmen moved to the next item in the agenda…which is a perfect fit…because the Adams Heritage Center sure could host one.