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Why sign a lease for "100 years?" What is the purpose of making this lease 100 years? Times change, people change, ideas change. Why saddle future generations with today's feel good folly? Make no sense whatsoever. This is unjustifiable and irrational.
Twenty or twenty five years? Even that might be a stretch. Williamstown has crossed the line between public and private and it is very scary.
Was the 100 year lease specified in the rigged bidding process that shamelessly awarded Town land to the Youth Center? It is even legal for a town entity to award any king of 100 year lease?
Is the Elementary School Committee the proper entity to do this?
I don't understand the purpose of this lease especially for 100 years and $300,000.
I would hope that the Town would use this money towards the repairs that need to be made at Mt Greylock Regional High. The Youth Center being a private enity should be on the tax roles.
Editor: The town isn't getting $300,000. The $250,000 goes back to the Youth Center. It is just there in case there is a problem during construction. The $50,000 is the start of an endowment to maintain the new center. A 100-year lease is common with these type of things. The Youth Center is a non-profit, so it is not nor would be on the tax role either way. -Andy McKeever
I've been following this story for years now, and I have to say that Rose Ellis' silence on this project has been deafening. Dare she criticize Jenkins' and Rempell's final, fiscally ridiculous, feel-good legacy? Is this so that when it goes belly-up in a few years she does not have to take any responsibility for this nightmare? Meanwhile, the empty rooms in the elementary school increase and the high school reverts to dust (and asbestos and toxic fumes). Shame on Williamstown for the short-sightedness of this crazy, and questionably legal, scheme of land-use political manipulation.
Thank you for the posting of the lease. I just wanted to see what the return on the leased property to the Youth Center. One dollar a year for a hundred years, $100! I know why all the Youth Center people are smiling in the photos.
Editor: The Youth Center is a nonprofit that provides activities for all the youth in the town for a reasonable membership fee. That's why the school partnered with them. Nobody's making money on this deal, except the contractor building it.
50 Year initial term for the lease with an additional 50 year renewal term provided the WYC is in full compliance with all conditions and requirements of the Lease at the time of renewal and subject to a successful performance review at the time of renewal of WYC’s operation of a youth center. The whole RFP process was conducted in open meeting and may be reviewed in detail at: http://www.williamstownelementary.org/subsite/dist/page/sc-youth-center-update-page-197
....would also like to add that Section 3 of the RFP allowed for a lease of up to 100 years as provided in the lease signed the other night (50 year initial term with 50 year renewal term). Again, feel free to review the whole process at: http://www.williamstownelementary.org/subsite/dist/page/sc-youth-center-update-page-197
Use of the WYC by WES students during the day for gym-use and inclement-weather recess use is covered by Section 5.1 of the Lease (Permitted Uses). That section requires the WYC to operate the youth center facility as set forth in its proposal to the RFP on December 3, 2009. That proposal is incorproated into the lease by reference and is attached to the original of the lease as Exhibit B. Section 6 of that proposal provides for the use of the facility by WES and its students for WES/WYC expanded programming, indoor recess periods, use of the WYC gym and game room for gross-motor activities. The whole story is laid out for all to see at: http://www.williamstownelementary.org/subsite/dist/page/sc-youth-center-update-page-197
Really. Tea Party type behavior. More like Ted Kennedy's approach to turbine projects. All for it until you can see the windmills from the compound. Would it be considered more politically fashionable to express one's concerns by occupying the playground?
As someone who grew up here, being of very modest means in the 50s and 60s, the "Youth Center" was then part of the Boys Club of America. It was a depressing pit. Holes in walls, broken equipment, and a laughable basketball court the size, and I make no jest, of a larger bedroom in today's homes. The ceiling was no more than 10, 11 feet. It rarely had heat! Then came the Youth Center! An improvement, but certainly not a gem. Thank God for even that improvement! I hate to say it folks, but Williamstown has often been quite “cheap” when it come to children’s services. Dave Rempell is a good man, a caring man, and a credit to our town. I have worked with him on various town boards, and although we don't always agree - his heart is always in the right place. There is nothing wrong with wanting better, and doing better, for children. I am amazed at the cynicism in the comment section. Enough Dave Rempell bashing - the rest of us should do so well by our children. There are many children that need this facility, population growing or not - respect and treat children right and they grow up to be good citizens.