"The School District anticipates a future capital improvement project for the Fall of 2011. Potential capital improvement items will focus on infrastructure and a bus repair and storage facility."Looks like New Hartford Central School taxpayers will have another bond vote to consider in a couple of years.
A bus repair and storage facility...that must be the project planned for the 17 acres of land donated to the school by Larry Adler. On February 9, 2009, Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES, the New Hartford Central School District, the Town of New Hartford/Village of New Hartford and the Village of New York Mills submitted a Shared Services grant application to NYS Dept. of State requesting $50,000 to study the feasibility of constructing a shared transportation facility near the BOCES complex on the land donated by Mr. Adler.
The future capital improvement...could that be the Higby Park...er..we mean Romano Park?
Concerned Citizens FOILed all available documentation in conjunction with the park:
There is the school board resolution [bottom of first page under New Business] that states that the school will reimburse the Foundation for all expenses related to acquiring the property and gives Superintendent Nole the authority to enter into a Naming Rights Agreement.
Then there is the Naming Rights Agreement. Interesting to say the least!
There is Exhibit A - park plans.
There is Exhibit B - Naming Opportunities.
There is Exhibit C - Signage.
There is the list of sponsors.
And finally, the letter sent to donors.We gotta tell you, we found it interesting that according to page 21 of the Official Statement, under "...professional advisors of the school district", bond counsel for New Hartford Central School is Bond, Schoeneck and King, i.e. Linda Romano, the main push behind the purchase of the Hubbell property and whose family name will grace the entrance of the park. Also, the school's architect, King & King Architects, LLP out of Syracuse, just happens to be a donor to the Higby Park and appears to have "naming rights". Wonder if the school has a Procurement Policy and ever goes out to bid for these professional services as outlined in General Municipal Law.
By the way, we received an anonymous tip that the school has recently been investigating zoning regulations as it relates to wind energy in New Hartford. According to a couple of Observer Dispatch articles back in 2006, the school was looking at putting wind mills on property between Higby Road School and Perry Junior High. Wow...that sounds like the Hubbell property. Is that one of the ways they think they are going to finance the development of Romano Park?