Hampstead to consider hoops near station
The commission is seeking $24,500 from voters this year to put toward the proposal, which calls for the construction of a full court on Veterans Way near the site where the town's new police station is being built.
Commission Chairman Kim Colbert said the commission has spent the last few years looking into the idea of building a court, which would be more accessible to the public than the court inside the Memorial Gymnasium, which requires users to book gym time, and during the summertime is used for children in the town's recreation program.
The court would be funded through tax dollars and fundraising.
Colbert said the project's cost will exceed $30,000 and the commission has already raised a few thousand dollars. Several local clubs have supported the effort, she said.
Selectmen voted to support the project while the budget committee voted unanimously against recommending it to voters when they head to the polls on March 11.
Budget committee Chairman Matthew Murphy said there were no written quotes provided when the project was presented at a selectmen's budget hearing.
The budget committee voiced concern about the cost and worried about what would happen if the commission is unable to raise the rest of the money, he said.
Murphy said another reason why he opposed the plan is because he feels its use will be somewhat restricted.
"You'll have an outside court that can only be used in the daytime. It's not in a lit area, so you're going to be able to use it from 7 a.m. to sundown and really only a couple months of the year," he said.