9 Mar 2011
By Betty Adams firstname.lastname@example.org
HALLOWELL -- Paranormal investigators won't be seeking poltergeists at Hallowell City Hall anytime soon.
City councilors on Monday sent the investigators' requests back to the Property Committee to resolve some confusions.
In January, Holly Cooper of Central Maine Paranormal Investigations asked to observe City Hall for evidence of paranormal activity. The matter was referred to the Property Committee.
The committee then recommended the paranormal investigators carry liability insurance naming the city as insured, and that a police officer supervise the setup and takedown of equipment.
City Manager Todd Shea said one of the paranormal investigators he spoke with indicated the group does not purchase liability insurance.
Other councilors too wanted to be sure that the investigators would pick up the cost if police are called to for special duty to supervise the setup.
Mayor Charlotte Warren suggested possibly requiring a deposit.
Councilor Peter Schumacher will seek clarification of the issue at the next Property Committee meeting.
Hallowell City Hall, at 1 Winthrop St., was constructed in 1898-1899 in the Classical Revival style. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, because it located in Hallowell's Historic District.