Bathroom-Only Facility No Longer an Option at Athletic Complex, Committee Says

The Fieldhouse Committee tasked with building a bathroom at Coginchaug High School's athletic complex is still considering its options.


A committee tasked with making sure permanent bathroom facilities are built at Coginchaug High School's new athletic complex is no longer considering building a bathroom-only facility.

Fieldhouse Committee chairman and Board of Education member Jeremy Renninghoff provided board members with an update on the progress of the project during Wednesday night's board meeting. 

"We're definitely looking at a bunch of different options, trying to see what we can build that's going to meet the sanitation requirements for the public toilet facilities and be as cost effective as possible," Renninghoff said.

While a bathroom-only facility would have been the least expensive option, Renninghoff said the committee had learned that additional construction would be necessary to build the facility — specifically, installation of footing in an area where there currently is none — therefore increasing the cost.

Renninghoff, who provided the board with initial cost estimates last month, said the committee is considering having a pre-fabricated building installed but told board members that prevailing wage laws would increase the cost of the project regardless.

Prior to Renninghoff's update, board members voted to discharge the building committee which oversaw construction of the athletic field complex and other school projects paid for by a $4.99 million bond approved by voters in 2008. 

"I do think it's appropriate that we publicly thank all those who did serve on the committee," said board member Nancy Boyle. "They put a lot of time and effort and research into the project. I'd like to thank each and every one of them who did volunteer on behalf of the taxpayers."

"They've done a lot of great work for us," board chairman Kerrie Flanagan added.

Paul Haberern October 25, 2012 at 09:02 PM
I think the working number was more like $2.6 but it's been some time.
Scott Wheeler October 26, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Paul, you could be correct; I do recall at one point that different settings were being discussed for the night time walkers but that may have changed. I am positive that lights were a very large concern due to the light polution just like durhams concern regarding Pricechopper. What has been done is done and one thing we cannot let happen is to let this field go to pot as we did the last one so an annual sizable budget will have to be maintained for preventive maintenance. That negligence will not happen again as the tax payers have too much invested. There are so many more needed upgrades that EVERY child can use and enjoy as they move through the school system. A proper music rehearsal room, better library, more shop equipment, improve memorial's grass fields where 100s of kids play soccer, improve the salt water tanks at the high school to stimulate minds, Korn school playground......I could go on.
Middlefied Res. October 26, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Just compare the original plan on the the Boards website to what was actually built. A lot was not completed at the taxpayers expense. And lets not even get into the P&Z laws that were blatantly ignored for the "sake of the kids." The soil screening equipment on the practice fields behind the press box. I don't remember that being approved at the P&Z meetings. This project is far from complete and the the running out of money is just the tip of the iceberg. On a final note can someone explain how a building for coaches offices and bathrooms with the utilities already in place costs nearly a million dollars? You can build a 4000 sq. foot home for less than that. (Prevailing wage is not an excuse by the way, local construction companies some how manage to build house 3 times the size of this building for cheaper)
edmund dantes October 26, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I agree, these costs don't pass the smell test.
Durham Res. November 01, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Middlefield Res.. You made some pretty good points I must agree with you on the majority of them. This project was missed handled not only is it incomplete but many things in the original plans were left out entirely. Playing monday morning quarterback this project should have used more local labor. Many towns people were ready and willing to use their skills and profession to accomplish this project the right way. This would have saved the taxpayers alot of money and headache


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