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School Officials Hope Track and Field Will be in Place Next Fall

Superintendent Kevin Case cautions that timeline is tight.

School Superintendent Kevin Case told the Board of Education Tuesday night that officials hope the new track and multi-purpose field at Canton High School is in place by next fall but cautioned that everything must fall into place for that to happen.

School and town officials met Tuesday and on Wednesday night (Nov. 14, 2012), the Board of Selectmen will likely refer the project to the Permanent Municipal Building Committee for oversight.

That committee anticipates discussing the issue during a Nov. 19 special meeting. It will also get a engineering scope from engineers Milone and MacBroom. The project will again be discussed at a Board of Selectmen meeting on Nov. 28, Case said.

The hope is to get the project through the town’s land-use boards by the end of March and out to bid in early April so construction can begin at the end of May or in early June, Case said.

“It’s a very aggressive timeline,” Case said. “In an ideal world this project will be completed a year from now but there are many factors involved that we may not have control over.”

Board of Education Chairwoman Beth Kandrysawtz agreed, stating that board members should caution the public that there are no guarantees.

With the land-use boards, for example, there noticing and hearing requirements. That would be one factor where all the pieces would have to come together.

On Election Day, voters approved the $3.615 Million track, multi-use field and parking lot improvement project by a vote of 3,034 to 2,112. The estimated cost of the project was $4.1 million but funding for some components, such as lights, scoreboard and bleachers, will be raised separately. As proposed, lighting would also require changes in, or a variance from, the town's zoning regulations, town officials have said.

Also passed by a margin of 3,992 to 1,149 was a $3.2 Million project for partial roof replacements at the Community Center and all three schools ($2.3 Million after federal reimbursement).

Both projects will be funded through the sale of municipal bonds, which is essentially the town’s way to borrow money and pay back with interest over time.

The town may potentially ask voters to approve more capital projects this spring and the first bonding sale would not be until August.

On Tuesday, however, Case said the town does have enough in its reserves to begin funding some of the track project so, should everything else fall in place, it could begin in the summer.

In addition, the hope is to have the portion of roof up for replacement at Canton Intermediate School done this summer, Case said. The others would come later.

 

Eileen Moran November 14, 2012 at 02:06 AM
I wonder how you would like to have this in YOUR back yard??? Lights, noise, just an intrusion to your peace and quiet. Think about it.
Andrew Ziemba November 14, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Shhhh! Democracy at work! LOL Isn't it great? Well it is great, as long as you are the mob.
Liz Kelly November 14, 2012 at 02:40 PM
When ones lives near a school they should expect some noise. High school games and everything else. It is a more desirable location, houses sell quickly in that neighborhood due to being close to the schools, and the community center, etc. so if you don't like the lights & the noise, move. It's no a "mob" mentality, I think it's a community that wants to see improvement to it's schools and roads, etc. Right now our school looks like it is stuck in 1960. Sorry if you don't like that fact.
Wyatt November 14, 2012 at 02:59 PM
If someone wants peace and quiet, they shouldn't live right next to schools. The school system doesn't need to stand still so as not to disrupt someone's peace and quiet.
Chris Carroll November 14, 2012 at 03:08 PM
I bet none of you live near it!
wendy November 14, 2012 at 03:20 PM
So when you bought your house, you should have expected a track/field being put there sometime in the future and by being put there....right up against your property line! May not be a mob mentality, but the "just move" comment is "just WOW" attitude. Let's not let anyone else's feelings be expressed, huh?
Chris Carroll November 14, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Why would you expect a track? Some towns don't build everything right next to the school. I still say this is an expense this town does not need right now. Just more infrastructure to ignore and only the track will be paid for not all the extra "stuff".
Chris Carroll November 14, 2012 at 03:30 PM
We need a town garage and road repairs, not to mention Town Bridge and other necessities!
Chris Carroll November 14, 2012 at 03:36 PM
The people who want this should raise the money, just like they did for the football team, which we also did not need!
Chris Carroll November 14, 2012 at 03:38 PM
You want a track for your kids? Move to a town that has one!
Canton Taxpayer November 14, 2012 at 04:03 PM
We didn't have enough NO votes for this referendum question. I agree we need to repair and maintain what we have (garage/roads/roofs), never mind going into more debt for a track/field.
N. Jon I. Twist November 14, 2012 at 06:10 PM
There are (2) houses that will have this field in their back yard that were purchased before the High School was back there, it was a along way across the road and fields in front of there homesor maybe in Collinsville. We (the town) are intruding.
Betty November 14, 2012 at 06:21 PM
FYI, the school was built closer to 1970 than 1960. Not all neighbors bought after the school was built, some bought long before there was any need for the school there. Canton students had double sessions, older students in the morning, and younger in the afternoon I believe.
George Blasko November 14, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Folks I don't know but millions, $3,200,000.00 + for roof repairs? Oh partial, what are they copper roofs ? How many roofs for that kind of money can you replace on residential homes? Just saying! I'm surprised no one even questioned this.
Betty November 14, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Someone on one of the land use boards questioned why we were not swapping the multipurpose field with Bowdoin Field. Anyone know?
Mike November 14, 2012 at 07:03 PM
For what it is worth, the Town is planning on building recreation and ball fields on its property on Lawton Road.
John Fitts (Editor) November 14, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Betty I will try and get an answer but I think they addressed it in that original report. Mike I have written about Lawton Road and the Park and Rec board, with the help of a landscape architect, has a plan for a youth game and practice field. It would also include room for the rail trail. However, selectmen would have to approve a land-use application for that property for it to go to the next step. It hasn't gotten to that stage yet but I understand they may discuss it later this month.
Wyatt November 14, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Ok - let's stop all construction in town and any development of any kind so that we (the town) wont' intrude. The anti-development fervor in Canton is incredible - no wonder businesses won't move here.
Chris Carroll November 14, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Maybe a lawsuit by the surrounding land owners might have a chance? At least hold it up!
Wyatt November 14, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Yes - let's spend even more tax dollars defending frivolous lawsuits! Great idea!
Student November 14, 2012 at 08:05 PM
As a town the voters of this town voted YES to the track and field. If you don't like the outcome you should have have voted NO and encouraged other voters to do the same. Like it or not, we are getting a track in Canton and people need to deal with it and move on. Complaining about what has already been done won't help too much.
John Fitts (Editor) November 14, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Hi Betty. Here's the answer I received on Bowdoin: 1. Size - not adequate space for a track to surround a multi-use field 2. parking- limited direct access at CIS 3. Would have caused need for relocation of a baseball field and there is inadequate room for it at CHS.
Andrew Ziemba November 14, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Government gives you the poorest quality job for the highest price. Private sector businesses do the best job for the lowest cost. Schools should be privatized, not subsidized.
Derp November 15, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Sounds like Chris is overreacting, where's your Obama phone at Chris?
Jon Webb November 15, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Numerous studies have been done on the best possible location. Bowdoin was considered but for many reasons the current proposed site was selected because it best suited the needs of the project.
Wyatt November 16, 2012 at 02:37 PM
@Derp. what is an Obama phone?

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