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BOMBAY - Bombay town officials announced plans this week to improve the recreation park, extend sidewalks to the park and add more parking at the town hall.

Town official are in talks with engineer John Carr about building a pavilion at the recreation park. The plan is to create a 30-by-60-foot steel building with a cement pad as the floor for easy maintenance. Construction of a steel building will not take as long as other types of structures.

The building will also be enclosed with doors, so it can be used in bad weather. Councilman Chris Jock suggested that the doors be sliding, like a barn door.

The building will also have electricity, and bathrooms will be located in a separate building. The electric service will be housed in a separate building so the controls can be kept under lock and key and the town can set a timer for the lights to be on.

Town officials are asking Carr if the roof can have clear panels to let natural light in during the day so they do not have to spend to much money on electricity.

The pavilion can be used for many different events. Residents of Bombay will be able to reserve the pavilion for weddings and private events; all they will have to do is call to reserve it. The town also has plans to flood the pavilion in the winter for ice skating.

The pavilion will be open to the public at all times. The town plans to lock certain doors, but one will be unlocked so residents will always have access.

The town board also approved a motion to solicit proposals to extend the sidewalks from where they currently end to the recreation park.

Mr. Jock said that having sidewalks by the recreation park would be a good idea to keep children out of the street.

With all of the planned improvements to the park, board members thought it would be a good idea to have a safe way to get there.

Councilman Jim Brann had concerns about a crosswalk that would need to be put in if the sidewalks were extended to the park. Mr. Brann wanted to make sure that the crosswalk was state approved, since other crosswalks established in Bombay in the past have not.

The town is also talking to Mr. Carr about adding a 40-car parking lot at the town hall. Highway Superintendent Jamie Durant said that he is waiting for Mr. Carr to pick a site to place the lot, and now that the weather is breakinghe said he will be in contact with the town’s engineer to get started on the project.

At the meeting, town officials also announced the town has received $198,000 in casino compact funds for the third quarter of 2013.

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