LINCOLN, Maine — Wanted: Creative people who can raise $4 million to build a town recreation center.
The Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to form a subcommittee that will be tasked with raising as much money as possible, through grants and fundraisers, to make the proposed center a reality. Recreation center building committee members and town officials will begin looking for members immediately, officials said.
The committee is being formed “to do large-scale fundraising,” Town Manager Lisa Goodwin said Wednesday, “so that we can go to the voters and say, ‘We’ve got $4 million, can we build this?’”
As of Dec. 31, the Community Recreational Center Trust Fund created in 2002 had a balance of $370,129 — plus the fundraising trust account’s $36,709, for a total of $406,838. The Furrow family of Lincoln also sold 10.6 acres off Route 6 to the town in June 2007 at what officials called a generously low price, $95,000, for use with a center. W.T. Gardner and Sons of Lincoln donated about $20,000 worth of road and drainage construction.
Anyone interested in joining the committee should call the town office at 794-3372.
In other council news, the effort to close the Ballard Hill Community Center was rejected in a 5-2 vote. Councilors Curt Ring, who proposed the shutdown, and Marscella Ireland voted for the closure.
Other councilors felt that the building had its uses and should not be closed, Goodwin said.
The town-owned building is used for Meals for Me, Recreation Department programs and storage, town records storage, a self-defense school and a union office, and is available for private functions but is seldom rented, Goodwin has said.
The building registered losses of $14,000 and $26,500 in the 2009-10 and 2008-09 fiscal years respectively. The building is paid for out of a reserve account that has approximately $50,000 left in it, Goodwin said.