Letter: School gymnasium floors need attention

To the Editors:

(The following letter was sent to members of the Board of Selectmen, Board of Finance and Board of Education and is reprinted here at the author’s request.)

As proposed cuts to the town’s 2014-15 budget appear inevitable, one line item that cannot be eliminated is the proper refinishing of the gym floors at Middlebrook school.

I am aware the gym floors are just one of many items that “should not be eliminated.” However, we’ve watched for years now as students and athletes slip and slide across our unsafe gym floors. And every summer, the proper refinishing of the floors once again gets pushed back for another year.

I’ve attached my original letter dated June 25, 2013, for reference, stating the many safety concerns and reasons the floors need to be redone. Since then, I’ve worked with WBOE Supervisor John Murphy, local contractors, and the Wilton Basketball Association to present attractive quotes for the project. The WBA proposed funding a percentage of the project through fund-raisers. Yet another way neighboring towns improve and maintain athletic facilities is through local and corporate sponsorship, in exchange for modest advertising space. Not a bad idea when facing the alternative, budget cuts.

The gym floors at both Cider Mill and Middlebrook need to be properly refinished — repaired, stripped, sanded, cleaned, and coated — yet all we seem to do is kick maintenance problems down the road, which only costs our town more in the long run. John Murphy and his Buildings & Grounds team have always done the best they can with what little resources they have. It’s time we set aside the proper resources for them to do this job right.

David Cote

Oak Ledge Lane, April 7