Church center

Rendering of the planned youth center

The Select Board has agreed to join forces with First Congregational Church, a significant step that could provide an after school youth center at the church as early as September. 

The Select Board, in a unanimous Feb. 13 vote, agreed to a memorandum of understanding with the church, which has started an internal fundraising campaign to raise about $400,000 to renovate a large walkout basement space.

“It’s exciting. Our plan is to raise money as a church,” First Congregational Pastor Rev. John Allen said.

He explained that the memorandum is a non-binding tool that allows the parties to go through an initial negotiating process. 

The final details may change, but in essence, this shows that the town supports the project, according to Allen. 

“The church is providing the physical space and the town is planning on providing the programming,” he said.

Select Board Chair Richard Wells said the agreement will include the use of the space rent-free Monday to Thursday from 2:30 to 6 p.m. 

The town would be required to provide staffing and pay a minimal amount for utilities and cleaning, he said.

The town has found that a large number of children, particularly those from Pierce Middle School, have been congregating regularly at the Milton Public Library, stressing the capacity and resources there.

Town Administrator Mike Dennehy said the town’s Personnel Committee is backing the addition of a part-time Parks and Recreation Department position to staff the center in the ongoing budget deliberations for fiscal year 2020.

For the full article see the Feb. 21, 2019, issue of the Milton Times.

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