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Bathrooms/Food Stand Could Cost $300,000 [Poll]

One of the articles on the special town meeting warrant will seek $150,000 for new concession and restroom facilities for the Milford High School athletic complex. This would provide up to $300,000 total.

Only one part of the Milford High School athletics complex has remained the same through the construction of the past few months: the concession and restroom buildings.

This part of the $2.5 million Community Field project was pulled out, with the intention of completing a renovation as a separate job. On Monday, Milford Selectmen learned the new bathroom and concession facility could cost as much as $300,000.

An article on the special town meeting warrant will ask voters to approve $150,000 for planning and constructing a "concession stand and related facilities" at the high school facility. When combined with $150,000 in savings from the athletics complex work now underway, this would provide a total of $300,000 for the concession and bathroom facilities.

starts at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Initial estimates for the concession and bathroom facilities have ranged from $150,000 to $300,000, said Selectman Brian Murray, who is the board's representative to the community field committee. If the money is approved at town meeting, he said, the project will be put out to bid over the winter.

Murray urged his colleagues to support the article. "It's something that's needed and I look for your support."

If it doesn't get approved, he said, the town will be left with a beautiful new athletics facility "with Port-a-Potties on it."

Selectman William Buckley said he was still "struggling to understand" how the facilities could cost that much to renovate.

He challenged the anticipated high end of the price range, and voted against a motion to recommend the article for approval by town meeting voters.

"Tell me we're not going to have a $300,000 hot dog stand with restrooms in it," Buckley said.

Katie Lenza Dexter October 19, 2011 at 12:06 AM
rather than spending any money on a sports complex the town should be fixing the water company.
G Linden October 19, 2011 at 01:09 AM
Do you know if residents vote at the town meeting or if it is only board members? When is the vote?
Milford Resident October 19, 2011 at 01:12 AM
Why would Milford spend money on sport facilities when the schools are failing?
Mary MacDonald (Editor) October 19, 2011 at 01:40 AM
Sorry, didn't mean to be vague. This is something coming before the special town meeting Oct. 24, and the elected town meeting reps. will be allowed to vote. The selectmen, in their 2-1 vote, recommended approval.
John E. October 20, 2011 at 02:48 AM
I agree a brand new sports complex deserves a brand new concession stand & bathrooms. However, I also have to agree with Bill Buckley... $300,000?... For what?!!! I am also confused... Is it a renovation or new? I sure hope it's new. I also liked the idea that they were going to put it between the football and baseball fields. Many (many) years ago my city built a new concession stand and utilized the services of our Voc-Tech School. It saved my city a lot of money and is a great "real life" learning experience. Can the town get BVT involved?

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