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RINC Presents Check for $45K to Town for Feasibility, Traffic Studies on Rink Location

The Recreation in Norwood Committee and Rep. John Rogers attended Tuesday night's Board of Selectmen meeting to discuss the donation and use of these funds.

At Tuesday night's Board of Selectmen meeting the Recreation in Norwood Committee (RINC) presented the town with a check for $45,000 to cover the expense of both a feasibility study and a traffic study on the proposed hockey rink construction project.

Representative John Rogers - a strong supporter of the project who secured the state funding of $5.6 million for its construction - joined the Committee in this presentation.

The rink would be a construction of the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, and with the donation from the RINC for the required studies Rogers said moving forward would not cost the town of Norwood any money.

RINC co-chair Sue Brown said that the funds - $20,000 for the traffic study and $25,000 for the feasibility study - were all raised through private donors.

The donation comes with three stipulations: That the money be used solely for those studies, that any unused funds be returned to the Norwood Nuggets skating club, and that if it becomes clear prior to the studies being completed that the rink construction will not go forward, all the money be returned.

Selectman William Plasko noted that there is currently an article on the warrant for the Town Meeting Nov. 15 that calls for the appropriation of funds for these studies - which with the donation would be unecessary. However, he said, the discussion should still happen at the Town Meeting, "in case there is some kind of ground swell against the project," so that the money would not be spent and could be returned.

Selectman Helen Abdallah Donohue voiced some major concerns over parking at the proposed rink - which would be built in South Norwood next to the Coakley school - saying that there have been multiple proposals for where the lot would be placed in construction.

"It seems like we don't have anything defnite," she said.

"I think that the studies are going to answer a lot of questions," Board Chair Michael Lyons said, the Town Meeting question is basically conceptual and to hash out public concerns.

The Board voted unanimously to accept the donation with all stipulations.

Pete Downing October 24, 2012 at 08:51 PM
While the money is there... I feel Town Meeting has a right to discuss. I would like to see this expanded to include a location study as well... There is a lot of eye-sores on Rt1 that could use some TLC... - the old HQ building site - the site next to the Dedham Medical Building - the Decathlon Sports vacant site It seems like they are building the rink on owned town land because ensures the rink will be built. I have a feeling the rink price tag does not include land acquisition cost. If we are smart, we find a location that is more central to all and will add value to where it is built. I agree with Selectwoman Helen Abdallah Donohue... where will people park?
Indiana October 24, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Sounds good if the studies prove it will work...just hoping this is not election time shenanigans
Josh Andrews October 24, 2012 at 09:34 PM
At South Norwood Community Meeting at Coakley, they told us: -The plan includes many more parking spaces. -For the town to accept it,Town Meeting gets the final say. -They looked at HQ, demo-ing the building would be too $$
Dan Krusz October 25, 2012 at 01:25 AM
At the meeting the proposal mentioned 114 new parking spaces. The New Rink will be open from September-April. At a typical hockey practice there are 20-30 players and coaches on the ice which most likely mean 15-20 cars. It was also mentioned at the meeting that this is a 1 shot deal with the State, 5.6 million dollars and now with the $45k for feasibilty study it will not cost a tax payer of Norwood anything. Great job for all who are involved in making this project a reality for the boys and girls of Norwood who will be given the opportunity to learn to skate, be part of a Team and Community. Thank you.
Judy Langone October 25, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Would not cost the taxpayers??? OK, I have a bridge for sale!!!.. There are no free lunches. Are you kidding it will not cost taxpayers!!!! The deal is that it must be on town owned land, owned and run by the town. The town can hire someone to run the day to days but the town is on the hook. There is no money to purchase private land. I agree there a great private sites but this is not going to happen. Town Government should not be in the rink business, period. If this moves forward South Norwood is the wrong place.

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