By Stephen Ingber Staff Reporter
Bath TWP. – With a growing population, Bath’s Capital Works Committee felt an expansion was needed to the local community center. The expansion was added to the list of the 2011 Capital Improvement Projects for the township.
According the recent census data of 2010 the community has seen an increase in the average age of its residents over the age of 60 in the last ten years. With that in mind the community saw an opportunity to provide its citizens with more indoor recreational activities.
The Capital Improvement report issued in 2011 calls for $240,000 to come out of the town’s general fund. In that year alone there were over 1.8 million dollars requested for capital improvement projects in the community.
As of 2013, the addition to the center shall be fully funded with the remaining budgeted money coming out of this year’s general fund according to the Capital Improvements report. Devin Reed, a Bath resident, said the project is much needed.
Tory Niewiadomski, a town-planning associate, said the project is meant to add 2,000 feet of commercial kitchen space and recreational use to the current facility.
“Having this space will allow the town to rent out the space to community groups, and functions such as family reunions” said Niewiadomski. In documents released by the council residents can rent the facility for the day at a rate of $350. The building has a capacity of 157 people.
“When living in a small community people need a gathering place and expanding on the current facilities well help add depth to the town” said Reed.
According to the Capital Improvement Plan of 2011 there is the potential for funding to come out of the Rural Development Administration. This funding has not yet been approved and is still waiting for approval says Niewiadomski.
The facility is still in use for rentals and community according to the township’s website.