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Should the Town 'Mothball' Chalk Hill? [POLL]

It would cost an estimated $38.40 per family to keep the building open in fiscal year 2012-13.

Since closing as a school, Chalk Hill has been used to house the Parks & Recreation offices and its programs, training for Monroe Volunteer Emergency Services, and the Monroe Early Learning Center, a private daycare center for town employees.

But First Selectman Steve Vavrek said a shortfall in projected revenue could run the town an annual deficit of about $300,000 if the school is kept open. He recommended "mothballing" it for a year until a long-term plan is adopted. On Monday, the Town Council followed his advice.

The 2012-13 town budget proposal still must come before the Board of Finance before voters go to the polls for the first referendum.

What do you think? Would you be willing to pay the estimated $38.40 more per household to keep Chalk Hill open as more tenants are sought? Or do you think the building should be closed until a plan is in place?

Participate in the poll with this story.

Jennifer Aguilar February 28, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Do people know they will be paying half that to mothball it? Mothballing is not free and brings in no revenue and will scare people away from coming back
Mark Blore February 28, 2012 at 10:41 PM
So sad, I went there 84 to 87 and have some great memories in that place. But who is going to rent out something so far removed from everything commercial. Perhaps they should demo the place and expand the sports fields for middle and elementary schools. Has anyone looked at the cost of an indoor soccer arena? Big money draw for year round soccer events and sign ups.
Christine E. February 28, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Do you think it's wise to open an indoor soccer facility when there is another indoor soccer facility a mile down the street in Trumbull? Not going to be easy to get teams who already play there to make a switch.
John F. February 29, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Considering how close the Trumbull one is to the highways and how remote the Chalk Hill Campus is, I don't think the idea would work out very well.
California Dreaming February 29, 2012 at 12:08 AM
How about the town manage the money and property correctly so there wouldn't be a need to "mothball" anything. My taxes are high enough as it it. If someone wants to cover my share of the 38.40 per household, then great, let me know.

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