HAMPSTEAD – Before the Recreation Commission members went into closed door session Monday night to work on recommending bids for fertilizing and mowing, members discussed the recent failure at the polls of a proposed basketball court, and how they should proceed.
The commission spoke briefly about its disappointment over the basketball court article. Longtime chairman Kim Colbert, who is leaving that post, said she planned to visit the clubs and organizations that said they wanted the basketball court to see what happened to that support.
“Perhaps there isn’t the need for this that we thought there was,” she said. “We will know better after I touch base with the various clubs and organizations and get their feedback.”
Another project of the commission has been shelved as well. The skating rink that had such promise two years ago was described as too costly to maintain and needed repairs after its first year.
At present, the rink is in storage, but the commission can reconsider it if there is an interest in bringing it back.
Also awaiting a decision is a proposed walking path around the Depot Fields complex. This has been under discussion for several years but nothing formal has been done to explore or promote it. The new board is expected to decide whether to pursue or shelve it.
In other business:
• Colbert said the tennis court needs to be refinished. She said she had made inquiries about the cost of reclamation of the court’s surface and repainting, and found it to be in the $7,000 to $8,000 range. Such a project would have to go to both the selectmen and the Budget Committee, she said.
• The playground by the tennis court continues to be a problem. Broken and dangerous equipment has been removed but the area is filled with weeds. One possibility is to find a suitable surface for the area, keep the swings and add a picnic table. Further discussion is planned.
• Julie Ahern assumed the chairmanship, and Geoffrey Dowd said he was interested in becoming a member. The board asked him to write a letter to that effect, for forwarding to the Board of Selectmen for appointment.
• The commission will have Town Counsel write three-year contracts for the mowing and fertilization vendors.