BETHEL — The Board of Selectmen unanimously voted Monday night to appoint seven residents to the Bethel Recreational Facilities Committee.

According to the town’s agenda, the purpose of the committee would be to “prepare a plan for recreational facilities at Davis Park, which may include, but not be limited to, basketball courts, tennis courts and a dog park.” They would also “detail necessary ancillary facilities, costs and permits necessary for implementation due to the Board of Selectmen no later than June 30, 2013.”

Town Manager Jim Doar told the board that 12 people applied for the committee and later recommended that the committee consist of seven people.

Selectman Don Bennett made a motion for the board to appoint residents Debra Borchardt, Jack Cross, Landon Fake, Edie Okenquist, Jessie Seymour Perkins, Michael Steven and Todd Wheeler to the Bethel Recreational Facilities Committee. The board unanimously approved them.

“Remember, this is a public committee, so if you weren’t appointed, you can still show up at their meetings and voice your opinion,” Chairman Stan Howe reminded those attending the meeting.

During the selectmen’s meeting on April 15, the board voted to table approval on a referendum question that would allow the town to vote on the possible construction of a dog park at Davis Park using donated funds.


This would give the board an opportunity to investigate a warrant article request by Wheeler that would facilitate the construction of a basketball court at Davis Park, the same site that Newry resident Steve Wight is pursuing for the dog park.

According to Doar, the article would ask if the basketball court should be approved if the dog park is turned down at the referendum.

The request for the basketball court began in March after resident Jarrod Crockett told the board he had been contacted by parents interested in the idea of a basketball court due to limited recreational facilities in town. Shortly after, Wheeler began circulating a petition to get the warrant question on the town warrant.

“We’re trying to move beyond an either-or situation here,” Doar said Monday night.

In other business, Town Clerk Christen Mason announced that the annual town report bid has gone to Park Street Press for $617. It will print 400 reports, which will be delivered to the Town Office by May 31.

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