Town Manager George (Bud) Dunham stands beside his new desk at Sandwich’s new town hall. Mr. Dunham said the move went well and gave high praise to the IT department for getting everyone in the building connected.
On Tuesday morning, stacks of crates were still piled up in the main lobby, waiting to be picked up by the moving company.
Town clerk Taylor White points out all of the vault storage his office has in the new building, allowing him to more efficiently store vital records, meeting minutes and election materials.

Town Manager George (Bud) Dunham stands beside his new desk at Sandwich’s new town hall. Mr. Dunham said the move went well and gave high praise to the IT department for getting everyone in the building connected.
On Tuesday morning, stacks of crates were still piled up in the main lobby, waiting to be picked up by the moving company.
Town clerk Taylor White points out all of the vault storage his office has in the new building, allowing him to more efficiently store vital records, meeting minutes and election materials.
The big move is complete, or just about.
Over last weekend (along with a day or two on either side), 15 town departments—totaling 51 workers from three different town buildings—relocated into Sandwich’s new town hall inside the converted bank building at the corner of Route 6A and Tupper Road.
With that, Sandwich’s new municipal office “hub” is open for business.
Piles of empty packing crates remained in the building’s main lobby Tuesday morning at 9 o’clock. But Melissa A. Carroll was confident that the moving company would be retrieving them soon.
Town Manager George H. (Bud) Dunham estimated that the move was about 90 percent complete. He said that while organization is still incomplete, by all accounts, the move into the new building went smoothly.
He gave a lot of credit to the information technology department for getting all of the work stations connected, which was done throughout last Thursday night.
His office was still somewhat scattered with boxes and documents to sort through, but the furniture was in place and technology all up and running.
“It’s going to take a while to get fully sorted,” he said.
Assistant Town Manager Heather B. Harper said that a few people came into the offices on Monday to conduct business even though they were technically closed for the move. She said that at least one dump sticker was issued mid-move.
However, everyone that came through was pleased with the building.
“Everyone who came through was so delighted and appreciative of the space,” she said.
Town clerk Taylor D. White said that his office managed to get just about everything out of the town hall annex—the trick is going to be finding a place for it all. The things that remain are election supplies, such as stanchions and election boxes.
Since the next election is not until May, he said that those things can wait until the dust has settled a bit.
The clerk’s office is required to hold onto certain documents for varying amounts of time. Some documents, such as vital records and meeting minutes, need to be retained indefinitely while election materials have to be held for 22 months before they can be tossed.
Given the amount of documentation that needs to be stored, the clerk’s office has a vault in the lower level of the building for added storage. Mr. White said he plans to organize it better after the holidays.
The move into the new offices began last Thursday evening with departments from town hall, the town hall annex and 16 Jan Sebastian Drive moving into 100 Route 6A.
Voters approved the $3.95 million purchase of the former bank during a Special Town Meeting in 2019, with work on the building beginning in August 2020 after some delays due to the pandemic.
An additional $1.8 million for renovations was approved by voters at Special Town Meeting in 2020, with a further $750,000 in budget transfers being approved last June by the selectmen and finance committee to cover cost overages.
While all of the main offices are now in the new building, some business will continue to be conducted in the old town hall, such as meetings of the board of selectmen and school committee. Some office space will also likely continue to be used for staff meetings.
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