Selectmen want committee to focus on golf clubhouse
Published 12:00 am, Saturday, December 9, 2017
FAIRFIELD — The Board of Selectmen Wednesday modified the charge to the H. Smith Richardson Building Committee, making sure the committee focuses on the golf course clubhouse.
First Selectman Mike Tetreau said he was proposing the change because of discussions about the project at both the Board of Finance and Representative Town Meeting level.
“There was some concern, or confusion, about what was focused on in the charge,” he said, adding he thought it stemmed from talk of other possible activities at the municipal course, such as paddle tennis or an ice rink.
The change makes clear that in the current economic climate, the direction from the Board of Selectmen is that the committee focus on the functions and components of the golf mission, with other recreational activities considered as future options.
“I think we talked about keeping an eye toward potential revenue,” Selectman Chris Tymniak said, but agreed the committee might be drifting away from the original intent. “That’s where an ice skating rink and paddle tennis courts come into play, but for the mission of the Smith Richardson Building Committee, the main objective should be to square away the clubhouse, first and foremost.”
Tetreau said while that might have been the understanding of the Board of Selectmen, “I’m not sure that conversation carried to the other boards.”
He said it was important, however, for any changes made at the golf course to be “plug compatible,” meaning future additions could be easily plugged in to the existing foundation like, for example, a possible ice rink.
“Other opportunities will, and probably should, arise down the road, but it makes most sense to be conservative today and look at these other things later,” Selectman Kevin Kiley said.
Tetreau also pointed out that non-golf activities could be things driven by the Parks & Recreation Commission and not require a building committee.