MEREDITH — At a workshop yesterday the Board of Selectmen welcomed the initiative by Chris Kelly, a local resident and realtor, to mount a fundraising campaign aimed at completing a second phase of the athletic complex at Inter-Lakes High School.
Kelly, who presented the proposal to the Inter-Lakes School Board in October and subsequently met with the selectboards in Center Harbor and Sandwich, said that when the artificial turf field was laid in 2006 it was anticipated that lighting, a grandstand, concession booth and restrooms would be added. Since the complex is configured as a natural amphitheater, a grandstand is unnecessary, but Kelly suggested that something akin to a press box would be thrown into the mix. He said that the conduit required to light the field was installed when it was constructed.
Estimating the cost of the project at between $500,000 and $600,000, Kelly stressed that "my goal would be to see this as a privately funded project." He expected that the School District would bear the operating and maintenance costs of the facility.
Kelly said that he intended to assemble a committee to explore the prospects of raising the funds needed to pursue the project.
Kelly told the selectmen that the proposal "met with great favorability" from the school board and was well received by the selectmen in Sandwich and Center Harbor. Selectman Lou Kahn reminded Kelly that students from Moultonborough participated in athletic programs, including football, at Inter-Lakes High School and suggested approaching that town as well.