Learning center project gets OK from town

Spotted Zebra expansion to allow after-school, weekend hours and activity center

— “It doesn’t look like there’s gonna be any conflicts with this application,” Voss said.

Sheri Townsend, the executive director of Spotted Zebra, said “people get caught up in the wording” when it comes to the term “detention pond.” She said if they instead used the phrase “storm water runoff,” which is really what the pond is, there wouldn’t have been any problems.

“It’s meant to be a runoff, so that if roads flood, they can run off … they have plants and growth and very minimal, if any, standing water,” she said. “We’re looking at it and taking it very seriously. I think because of the wording it became bigger than it should have been.”

She said the basin is located a distance from the intended new learning center and when kids are in the classroom “there’s very little way for them to get out of the building.”

“I think that, again, it got escalated. But we’re looking at it,” she said. “We’re making sure there is absolutely no way no child can wander back.”

Board member Tim Lane also had questions about the narrow road (about 10 feet) along the center and what might happen when it snows. Townsend they were still working that out.

Other board members said they were pleased with the current plan since Townsend’s last time at the meeting.

“Obviously you’re proud of the work you’ve done, and you should be,” board member Kathleen Dalton said.

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