School, village officials hash out issues on potential new facility

By Chad Hutchinson

Members of the Blissfield board of education and village council met for a special meeting June 11 to discuss the research on a new facility for Blissfield schools and the community. Both board members and council members focused on the staffing of the facility, hours it would feasibly be open to the community and how to approach the community regarding the funding for a potential new facility.

“Before we move forward with this we need to see how our taxpayers feel about an increase,” Blissfield superintendent Scott Moellenberndt said.

Village president Mike Gunter voiced his support for the facility, but also voiced concern over who would staff the building and how many hours it would be open to the community.

“I think this facility could be a great idea, but we need to do some more research and figure out how we are going to staff it. Is the village or school going to be responsible for the staffing? We also need to make sure the community has plenty of opportunities to use the facility and we need to garner more input from our community,” Gunter said.

Board members also said they want to wait and see the results of the requested increase in the sinking fund millage being brought to the voters in August. The two boards set a meeting date of Aug. 21–after the sinking fund vote–to discuss the next step in the process.

For the complete story, please see Page 1 in the June 19, 2013, edition of The Advance. Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc.