Wareham Selectmen wait on placing $200,000 track repair proposal before voters

Feb 5, 2019

On Tuesday, Selectmen said they want more information on a $200,000 proposal to renovate the high school’s track before placing the matter on Town Meeting’s agenda.

The funds would come from the town’s Community Preservation Fund. Each year, the Community Preservation Committee awards money to projects through the Community Preservation Act in four categories: open space, historic preservation, affordable housing and recreation. The money is raised through a 3 percent surcharge on property tax bills. Spending the funds must be approved at Town Meeting. 

School officials are seeking the money for Andersson Track. Located next to the middle school, the track has fallen into disrepair. Plans call for resurfacing the track this year and adding fencing later. 

Originally, school officials sought $175,000 for the renovations from the Community Preservation Committee. On Monday night, officials and committee members agreed to add another $25,000 to the proposal.

School officials have said they’re looking to spend a total of $500,000 over the next couple years to renovate the track. The $200,000 should jumpstart the project, they said.

Selectmen will discuss the issue at their Feb. 12 meeting.