WEST PARIS – West Paris Athletic Association President Jeff Shock told selectmen Thursday that someone has offered $10,000 to $15,000 to rebuild the grandstand if the town comes up with a matching amount.

The donor wishes to remain anonymous at this time, he said.

Selectmen said they will consider asking voters if they want to raise the matching finds.

Shock said association board members are working on plans to rebuild the 70- by 30-foot structure at Harold C. Perham Athletic Complex on High Street. It was built in the mid-1940s as a federal Work Projects Administration project and burned this summer. A juvenile boy has been charged in connection with the fire.

Asked by Association Vice President Shanon LeFrance how the case is proceeding, Town Manager John White said, “It’s moving ahead.”

It is estimated it will cost $45,000 to $50,000 to rebuild the grandstand, and the town’s insurance will cover $14,000 of that amount. As a result, the athletic association is planning several fundraisers.

To get things started Shock and LeFrance will be writing up specifications and then seeking bids from local contractors for cleanup costs and materials for the new structure.

Shock said the plan is to build a smaller version of the grandstand, which held about 300 people. It is expected it would be completed in 2010.



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