2014-07-24 / Local News

Toilets, building sought by school for Hancock

Plans for an expanded concession area and public toilets at Hancock Park were reviewed this week by the Leland Board of Education.

Superintendent Jason Stowe Monday night presented plans to the board to construct an 18- by 20-foot building to replace the existing small structure at the park, which is owned by Leland Township but operated jointly with the school district. Adjacent to the building, a covered pavilion on a poured concrete slab is proposed. And at the other end of the structure, public restrooms would be constructed.

The park, which is the Comets’ designated home site for soccer and also used for youth soccer, has been served by portable toilets to date.

“We’ve had about $8,000 in a fund designated for public restrooms at Hancock,” Stowe said, adding that the funds were from an anonymous donor. “Young families like to take their children to parks with toilets and running water.”

Cost of the project, which Stowe would like to have completed in this construction year, is estimated at between $60,000 and $70,000 and will come from the school district’s sinking fund revenue.

Stowe presented preliminary plans to the Leland Township Board last week. Next, he is scheduled to present the plans to members of the Leland Township Parks & Recreation Commission. Site plan approval would need to be provided by the Leland Township Planning Commission.

“It would be nice if we can have it completed by the end of the fall … That way we’ll be able to begin spring with new facilities,” he said.

In other business during the brief monthly meeting the board:

• Received the first reading of a proposed update in the district’s guidelines for providing services to homeless students.

The updated policy is scheduled to be adopted next month.

• Approved a motion to place a 10.9013-mill levy on the November ballot. The district goes to the public annually seeking support for a levy on nonhomestead/ non-qualified agricultural properties.

• Authorized Stowe to sign internal checks on behalf of the district.

• Authorized board President Bill Robinson and Trustee Ross Satterwhite to sign general fund, food service, sinking fund and debt checks.

• Designated Northwestern, Huntington and the Michigan Liquid Asset Fund as its official depositories.

• Designated the Thrun Law Firm as its legal counsel.

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