Town and School District Work Together On Unique Proposal

Athletic Center could be used by public and students

Matt Moran
September 25, 2018 - 9:53 pm

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TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WBEN) -At the Kenmore West High School Auditorium Tuesday night the public was given its first chance to see the prosposed idea of a new athletic center that has been in the works. 

As part of the shared services program, the Town of Tonawanda and the Ken-Ton School District is working together to see if they can make it happen. 

Bill Conrad, Townawanda Councilmember, says he sees the project could be  a community center that can be used by the public and the schools. 

"For us to be able to team up with the school system and share the burden and use the state aid the district can access makes it a lot more viable for the taxpayer," Conrad said.

The proposal involves the shared services intiative the state has made when it comes to local governments collaborating to save money. Superitendent Stephen Bonino says it has to fit within their plan. But he could see it having a big impact for students. 

"Right now our hockey teams don't have a home ice, theres possible opportunities for curriculum use," Bonino said. "We are looking at it from all angles."

Taxpayers though would have to pay part of the proposed 8 million dollar price tag. Tonawanda resident Pat Harbeck is not opposed to the idea but says the money could be used on other issues that need to be attended to. 

"It's our money nobody how they talk about it," Harbeck said. "Maybe it's a good thing, I love to watch hockey."

Proposed sites for the facility include Brighton pool, Lincoln park and the Tonawanda Aquatic Center. Town officials are looking to have a public referendum on the project in late 2019. Completion could take up to 3 years. 


 

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