JAY – Selectmen on Monday will consider a request by the Recreation Committee to use up to $68,000 from the Recreation Reserve account to improve facilities.
The meeting begins at 6 p.m. June 27 at the town office.
The prioritized list of projects and associated costs includes:
* $50,000 from the sale of timber harvested on town recreation land to redo the tennis courts next to the Jay Elementary School, and possibly adding a third court. The committee said in a letter that years of neglect have made the courts unsafe and unplayable, and they can't be used for competitions. Initial estimates to do the work are more than $90,000, the committee said.
Voters rejected spending $77,000 to improve the courts several years ago.
The courts will be owned by the new Regional School Unit 73 as of July 1, Town Manager Ruth Cushman said.
* $2,000 to finish work on the adventure course in the Jay recreation area behind the schools. It involves providing lumber for the exterior climbing wall and necessary materials and expenses ($500), and training individuals so community members can use the course $1,500).
* $5,000 set aside for maintenance and educational development of the town recreation area and trail system.
* $500 for the Jay High School Envirothon Team to travel to an international competition and represent Maine.
* $2,500 to $5,000 designated for Spruce Mountain ski area. The mountain and buildings are owned by Jay, Livermore and Livermore Falls. The Spruce Mountain Ski Club operates the ski slope and owns the equipment. The Spruce Mountain Ski Slope Board of Directors desires to further develop the property for year-round recreational purposes, the committee's letter said.
“For everything this facility has provided to our community it is appropriate that the Town of Jay pledges its continuous financial support in a fund that is set aside for Spruce Mountain to use towards facility upgrades, equipment repairs and maintenance,” the committee said.
* $2,500 to $5,000 designated for Area Youth Sports for future program development or special projects.
Cushman said the Recreation Reserve account includes money from renting space for a communications tower and from harvesting wood from the town recreation lot.
The committee said it believes that in “order to have a healthy community the town must invest funding into its recreational infrastructure, including upgrading and expanding current town fields and improving recreational areas.”