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Earlier this month, a motion to extend a bid waiver to architectural firm BL Companies was stalled when the Town Council had a split vote on the measure.
On Tuesday, proponents of the bid waiver secured the extra vote needed, and approved the measure 5-4.
Council Chairman Tim Slocum, who was absent from the previous meeting where the measure was discussed, cast the deciding vote, which will allow BL Companies to finish design work on a proposed plan that will see the boys' locker room at Cheshire High School receive a major facelift. However, the debate over those repairs has continued to rage, as supporters of a field house project once again raised objections to renovating the existing facility.
On Tuesday night, several members of the Board of Education joined Democratic Councilors in stating that the field house proposal, which would include a separate structure located on the fields behind CHS, would offer a better short and long-term solution to both the deteriorating locker room and other issues facing the Town in regards to the Maclary Athletic Complex. The field house was promoted by both the BOE and Public Building Commission as the best, most cost-effective way of handling a myriad of issues at the school, but the Council rejected the idea of further pursuing a field house last year. Instead, an original plan of refurbishing the existing space occupied by the locker room was approved.
For more on this story, see Thursday's Cheshire Herald.