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Major changes outlined in parks report

Closing Bethlehem golf course among options in budget review

The Elm Avenue Pool season could be shortened for cost savings measures.

The Elm Avenue Pool season could be shortened for cost savings measures.

— Other options outlined include closing the ice rink in Elm Avenue Park, eliminating lighting at night for tennis and basketball courts, eliminating a night ranger position and instituting a carry-in/carry-out policy for trash in parks. Another option includes eliminating the aforementioned Middle School PIT and YES programs.

The committee suggested creating a “Friends of the Bethlehem Parks and Rec” group to help raise funds and provide maintenance of areas, pursuing various grants and possibly entering into a shared services agreement with the Highway Department.

The board will be hearing from the Budget Advisory Committee on other town departments as the fall budget season approaches.

“This is the first in a series, and it raises some interesting standards…” said Supervisor John Clarkson. “There’s no easy answer.”

The next board meeting will include a presentation from the Highway Department and Department of Public Works.

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