Town, school to split center repairs costs

TREMONT — Acknowledging that the money was coming from the same pockets, selectmen on Monday voted to split the cost of repairs to the town’s community center with the Tremont Consolidated School, which leases the building for school activities.

School officials approached selectmen earlier this year about repairs and upgrades to the building. The school leases the building from the town for use as gymnasium and for other school activities. The lease stipulates the school is responsible for general maintenance. That stipulation had two board members questioning what entity should pay for the repairs.

“Most of the wear and tear has been put on by the school,” said Dean Wass.

Chairman Kathi Thurston took that assessment one step farther. She said proper maintenance could have kept the needed repairs to a minimum.

“I don’t think there’s been much maintenance on the school’s part,” Thurston said.

At the request of selectmen, Bob Williams, the school’s maintenance director, prepared a “rough estimate” for the cost of what the school identified as needed repairs and upgrades. Williams estimated the cost at between $23,000 and $30,000. The proposed work includes replacing the entrance door and surrounding windows, upgrading bathroom fixtures and a drinking fountain, replacing the bathroom stall dividers, covering the concrete block walls of bathrooms and boxing in heat pipes.

After discussion, selectmen decided to tackle each of the five items on Williams’ list individually.

Selectmen approved motions for the town to pay for replacing the entryway door and windows and to box in the pipes.

While rejecting replacement of the water fountain, they approved the use of town funds to replace bathroom fixtures. Selectman Stewart Murphy said that the fountain only needs repair and not replacement.

Selectmen also voted to take no action on covering the bathroom walls and to have the school fix or replace bathroom stalls at the school’s expense.

In other business Monday, Town Manager Dana Reed informed selectmen of issues surrounding the Head of the Harbor Cemetery on the Marsh Road.

Reed’s major concern involves the size of cemetery lots. Although deeds traditionally show these to be 8-feet by 12-feet, there are plots in the cemetery larger than that size. This needs to be clarified, Reed said. Other issues include the fact that there is no formal record of pricing for plots and a lack of an accurate map showing locations.

Reed said he just wanted to let selectmen know of the issues and didn’t expect any action at this time. He added that the sale of plots is on hold until these matters can be solved.

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