Granby town foots bill for preschool roof |

Granby town foots bill for preschool roof

The Town of Granby has agreed to pay for a new roof for the Granby Playdays Preschool building.

The Granby Playdays nonprofit organization has been refurbishing the former Panther Den building for longer than a year, ever since the town of Granby leased the building to the organization for $10 a year starting in July of 2010 for a period of 10 years.

Including grants and excluding in-kind work on the building, the Granby Playdays nonprofit organization, which usually has about 15 students under its charge at the little red schoolhouse, has put into the building about $12,000 in cash and upgrades, according to Playdays board president Patrick Brower.

Upon a request from Brower and Playdays board member Molly Rankin at the Nov. 9 Granby town board meeting, Granby board members agreed to use town funds to pay for a new roof on the old building, using the lowest bid by Ransom Construction of Granby at an estimated cost not to exceed $6,800. A new cupola for a school bell will be part of roof improvements.

Even though the building’s tenant is responsible for “roof repair and replacement,” according to the building’s lease, Town Trustee Deb Shaw said she’d prefer to see the preschool organization funds go to the “betterment of children” rather than a new roof.

The preschool organization “started on the path to refurbishing the building, let’s continue on the path to maintaining it,” said Granby Trustee Ed Raffety.

“We really appreciate the way the town of Granby is working with us,” Brower said. “We feel there’s a need for this preschool in the Granby area and we’re helping to fulfill that need.”

The Town of Granby is adding another 20-mph school zone to its town limits, this time located on First Street to protect children who attend the Granby Playdays Preschool.

Granby Town Board Member Greg Guthridge brought up the fact that young children are at risk with travelers, some of whom speed, down the nearby hill, at the base of which is the preschool.

Town board members elected to reduce the speed in that area and post it with speed signs.

The standard speed limit throughout town is 25 mph, unless reduced for school zones.

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