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HOMER-CENTER: Board approves new building at field

by on May 16, 2014 10:54 AM

CENTER TOWNSHIP — The Homer-Center school board on Thursday approved the purchase and placement of a 26-by-50-foot pre-cast concrete building to house new restrooms and a new concession stand at Memorial Field.

The district would pay no more than $289,500 to CXT Concrete Buildings, a Spokane, Wash.-based company with a regional office in Pittsburgh, for the structure. The contract is being awarded through the COSTARS cooperative purchasing program organized by the Pennsylvania Department of General Services.

The district will pay for the project through the capital reserve fund, a pool of cash that can be spent only on building construction expenses.

“This is the first step to renovate Memorial Field,” said board member James McLoughlin. “After this, we’ll put together a committee to raise private money to complete more steps of the process.”

The project is the third but by far the biggest approved over the past few months for the stadium at Homer-Center.

In February, the school board approved the construction of handicapped-accessible features on the home-side bleachers and protective pads for the goal posts at Memorial Field at a cost not to exceed $54,307 by Sports and Recreation Associates.

Then in March, the board approved the purchase and installation of new goal posts at Memorial Field by Sports and Recreation Associates at a cost of $7,300.

“We have talked of putting together a master plan to bring about upgrades for this facility. It was built in the 1940s and we know that the restroom facilities that we have are very antiquated and not handicapped-compliant,” director Gerald Bertig said.

“We felt this was an important next step to take while we plan for fundraising to do some other desired items.”

The new restroom and concession building will be set up to the left of the entrance from Harrison Avenue, behind the north end zone at the football stadium.

Chauncey Ross is the Gazette’s fixture at Indiana Area and Homer-Center school board meetings, has been seen with pen and notepad in area police stations and courts, and is something of an Open Records Act and Sunshine Law advocate. He also manages the Gazette’s websites and answers your questions about them.
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