Warming shack OK’d

TREMONT — Selectmen gave the nod Monday to a plan by a boy scout to build a warming shack for the town’s outdoor ice rink.

Nolan Murphy is to build the shack, which also would have an equipment storage area, as part of his community service requirements to become an eagle scout.

Murphy said the building most likely would be 10 feet by 20 feet with a metal roof. Benches would be installed in the warming area, which would be three-sided “just to get out of the wind,” he said.

The rink, which essentially is a rectangular wooden frame with a plastic liner, first went up two years ago on town-owned property on Harbor Drive. Plagued by warmer-than-usual winter temperatures and a leaking plastic liner, the rink has to this point not been a success. This was alluded to by selectman Kevin Buck.

“It seems a little bit of a leap of faith, judging by the two-year history of the ice rink,” Buck said.

Chairman Kathi Thurston asked if it were possible to build the shack so it could be moved if needed. Murphy said he could. His request was approved unanimously.

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