This is my report on the Business Advisory Council at the September 19 board meeting:
At last month’s meeting (story here), Tom Rocklin, Chair of the BAC, presented some recommendations from the council on what to do with Milford Main. Based on expensive building maintenance needs and the inability to use Milford Main for the district’s ongoing educational purposes (the cost to update the building to meet regulations is just too great to justify the investment), the Council recommended the district divest itself of Milford Main as soon as practical.
First, I’d like to stress that the BAC simply recommends to the board – the board can choose to act or not on what they suggest, and no decisions have been made or even discussed re: Milford Main.
Second, there appears to be some misunderstanding about what the Council’s actual recommendation is. I have had people ask if the district is going to tear the building down – and the answer is no, the board has never discussed this. It is absolutely the last choice, and a decision that would be made far in the future.
The true goal of Mr. Rocklin’s report last month was to make the board – and the community – aware of the situation with Milford Main in the hope that people or organizations would step forward with creative ideas for what to do with the building and how to finance it. In fact, this is happening, and we have already had several groups approach us. The Council and others are continuing to explore options.
The Council is also providing information on some additional costs so the board can understand the liability if something big – such as the roof or a boiler – needs to be replaced.
Mr. Rocklin will be returning to the board in a few months with an update. In the meantime, if anyone has input they would like to share about Milford Main, please get in touch with me or Dr. Farrell. The district and BAC will be holding some form of community input opportunities as well, before any decisions are made.