Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

St. Henry community center tops board meeting

By Tom Stankard
ST. HENRY - Athletic booster club members are ready to take the next steps toward creating a proposed community center.
Club president Jeremy Schwieterman told St. Henry school board members during Monday's meeting the club has received bids for the project from Bruns Construction, Brakett Builders and Muhlenkamp Construction.
They plan to present the lowest bid to school board members during the Sept. 9 meeting and hope for their approval by October.
To be built in the lot east of the high school, the project could feature a 20,863-square-foot community center, a 15,980-square-foot multipurpose room and a 3,043-square-foot weight room.
Plans call for two indoor basketball and volleyball courts, two batting cages that can be lowered and raised, a walking track surrounding the courts and a weight room.
The club will fund the project using a combination of interest-free loans and fundraisers, Schwieterman pointed out. More than 300 donors have supported the project so far, he added, smiling.
Village employees should be able to help the club install utilities and move dirt, village administrator Ron Gelhaus has said.
Also during the meeting, superintendent Julie Garke told board members the district has received a $38,392 grant from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation to help purchase key fobs and a standing floor sweeper.
Members also met in executive session for about 50 minutes to discuss the purchase of property. No action was taken after the session, Garke said.
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