A citizen group on Monday took its first steps in what will likely be a long road toward potentially bringing a $14 million recreation center expansion and ballot initiative to a community-wide vote.
Regan Price announced the group’s plans during the public comment portion of Monday’s town board meeting. She requested an informational meeting with town staff and leaders to iron out the necessary steps to legally bring the matter to a public vote, likely sometime in 2014. The process will be lengthy, likely requiring petitions and a series of document deadlines.
“We just want to make sure we abide by all of those laws,” Price said.
The town board has cautiously addressed the large-scale renovations which could be partially paid for with a sales tax hike. Some have argued that when combined with looming fiscal needs across the community regarding water, school improvements and infrastructure, a recreation center expansion could push taxpayers to the financial brink.
The renovation could add waterslides, a lap pool, fitness areas, aerobic rooms and even a child care center to a building many have said needs updating in order to remain a destination for residents.
The citizen group is expected to work with the town in exploring potential partnerships with other gyms and community groups. A specific timeline is expected to surface in the coming weeks after meetings with Windsor officials.