Board OKS contract for community center
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“We were looking, as best we could, to curb costs where we could and reduce the overall cost of this project, so they were able to go back and sharpen their pencils and come back with about $85,000 in reductions,” said board chairman goe Walsh.
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“There are certain things in [the plans] for the purpose of generating some income, to offset the op- erating costs to have the things there that we need as a township,” Walsh said.
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“We want to get this to the point that it’s not an albatross for the township for decades to come,” Walsh said.
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