Funds for Dover-Foxcroft youth recreational programs approved by voters

Posted Aug. 19, 2011, at 12:39 p.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — About 100 residents turned out for a special town meeting Wednesday to support youth programs.

Residents agreed to raise and appropriate $32,800 for youth recreational programs and for capital improvements to the town’s recreational facilities.

Selectmen plan to sign a $24,000 contract with Foxcroft Academy to operate the recreational programs for local children in grades three through six. The remaining $8,800 will be used to improve such facilities as the ball field and the hoops in the gymnasium.

Earlier this summer, residents defeated an article that would have allotted the entire $32,800 to the Piscataquis Regional YMCA, which had operated the town’s youth programs over the years. Some residents, who opposed to funding, were concerned by the lack of communication between the YMCA and the town regarding the program. When the funds were not approved, the YMCA dropped many of its programs for competitive youth sports.

The change of venue appeared to be supported wholeheartedly, since there was no discussion Wednesday from the audience. Foxcroft Academy is looking forward to the new partnership and is ready to begin some of the programs, said athletic director Tim Smith. Sign-up for the football, soccer and field hockey programs will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, in the Foxcroft Academy library.

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