Friday, December 5, 2003
C.C. Pools asks RSC to expedite lease
Tim Atkins and Henry Dane of the non-profit C.C. Pools Inc. project (Concord-Carlisle Community Swim and Health Center) joined the Regional School Committee to explain the "re-listing" of high school property. The land, which was originally five separate lots, has been deeded into one lot of 93.6 acres. The site for the pool facility straddled two of the five original lots.
The pool facility is being designed and built with private donations on the high school land. Upon completion, it will be given to the Town of Concord. It will be available to everyone in the towns of Concord and Carlisle, as well as town employees and their families. The building will be located across the main driveway from CCHS on the high school campus.
Alfred Sawyer, a Concord resident who died in 1939, bequeathed $5 million to finance the facility. Of this bequest, $3.5 million has been earmarked for construction. The remaining $1.5 million will go towards an endowment for operation and maintenance. The total construction cost of the facility is $8.7 million. Once construction begins, the estimated time to completion is 18 to 24 months.
Atkins and Dane asked the committee when their lease will be approved. Fitzgerald said the school committee is seeking legal advice because "if there are 'no bid' contracts, we want to be sure the district will not be liable for any construction costs." "We have $6.5 million in contributions, and the agreement is holding us up," complained Atkins. "Can we have it by the next meeting?" "We will continue to get this done — we are working with the lawyers. We need to get this resolved," responded Fitzgerald.
(See the related community pool press release on page 12.)
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