[Correction] Nisky would foot most of rec center bill

Councilman slams plan to borrow for $650k rec center; clubs would pitch in $200k

Avveduti said he could see the club being in the facility “almost every day,” because there are over 300 kids active in the club. The plan calls for the two clubs to pitch in a combined $200,000.

“I would like to see it happen and become a reality,” he said.

Councilman Jonathan McKinney isn’t keen on the new proposal. If the clubs were paying for it up front with cash, he said he wouldn’t have any opposition.

“This has grown way beyond what was originally proposed. When this first was talked about, the clubs were going to pay everything,” McKinney said. “Julie stated that the clubs had the money.”

McDonnell admitted “a lot has changed” with the plan over the years.

First the clubs wanted to put a removable tent structure on land they owned, she said. Then the idea was to have the clubs own a facility on town property. Due to legal concerns, the best solution was for the town to own the land and the building, and have the clubs donate money toward construction, she said.

“This would be a town-owned structure and the town would own it and control it,” McDonnell said. “The clubs would have no legal claims to it.”

Clubs would see preferred rates, times

McKinney also expressed concern about when the facility would be available to the public and other groups since it would be a town-owned facility.

“As soon as these buildings become bonded, they are supposed to be equally shared,” McKinney said. “You got certain hours everybody wants to use it (such as nights and weekends).”

McKinney was president of the town soccer club for three years, which he said allows him to understand the needs and desires of the club. Also, he said he was behind the original push for the facility.

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