The Town Council approved a request by Town Manager James McKenna to transfer $5,000 for a special article for engineering and design services toward future improvements to Miller Field.
There was a brief discussion on the motion during which Councilor Craig Mael inquired whether the town should appropriate $5,000 â€œto look into whether or not we want to spend $3 million on it.â€
To which, McKenna replied, â€œYes, actually.â€
The town manager added that the town needs to have a baseline map and plan drawn up by an engineering firm.
â€œWe canâ€™t just solicit funds without a plan and scope of work written up that says, â€œwe know what weâ€™re doing and we know what weâ€™re going to do with the funds.â€
â€œItâ€™s a level of confidence that needs to be extended â€“ not just a wish or an ask, but a plan that says this is what needs to get done to improve that field.â€
In an unrelated issue, Councilor-at-Large Philip Boncore elaborated on his previous motion that sought to have the builders of the new Winthrop high school/middle school project hire 25 per cent of its work force from Winthrop residents.
â€œI had withdrawn that motion because they were going to do the diligence to hire as many people in Winthrop as they could.â€