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Antrim revisits concession stand

PAT FRIDGEN

Antrim Township supervisors continue to finalize details with Atapco regarding traffic signal responsibilities near Antrim Commons Business Park at Exit 3. Administrator Brad Graham said the issue was discussed at the Aug. 10 meeting. Antrim won't sign an Assumption Agreement until the financing for maintenance of any new lights on U.S. 11 is acceptable to the board. The two parties have already come to terms on stormwater management.

The board again broached the subject of a concession stand for the baseball complex at Antrim Township Community Park. After controversial discussions in June and July, supervisors finally voted 4-1 not to construct a building. The low bid of $139,353 for a 30x30 one-story facility was still considered too high by James Byers and Sam Miller. On July 13 Graham presented cost-cutting measures he and chairman Rick Baer had gathered. Last week an idea finding favor was for the township to purchase the materials and volunteers could do the construction.

"If the volunteers are skilled tradesmen, their efforts can have a dollar value assessed and the amounts could be counted as part of the township's match for the grant," Graham said. A $225,000 DCNR matching grant for park amenities expires in December 2011.

"I explained that some of the changes we reviewed previously were provided so the architect, who in turn amended the drawings to that we could submit them to DCNR for approval," he continued.

The alterations included changing the roof from metal to shingle, eliminating a cupola and surface-mounting the plumbing on the wall rather than running it inside the block. The board favored the new direction for the concession stand. Baer was given the go-ahead to seek volunteers.

The board met in executive session on personnel matters.