Ground broken for basketball court upgrade project

By Janice Steinhagen - Staff Writer
Voluntown - posted Thu., Oct. 10, 2013
(L-r) State Rep. Steve Mikutel, Voluntown First Selectman Ron Millovitsch, Rec. Commission President Mike Magario and commission members Melinda Bryan and Lloyd VanLanen prepare to break ground for the town's new basketball courts. On the backhoe is Public Works Director Jim Crider. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

Town officials broke ground Sept. 28 on a project to thoroughly renovate the Gate Street basketball courts. The project, which is to be funded by a $50,000 Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Grant, will allow the town to tear up the old asphalt and lay down a new layer of substrate. The gravel foundation layer will then be compacted and allowed to settle over the winter months. In addition, underground utility work will be done that will allow for lights on the courts, said Voluntown First Selectman Ronald Millovitsch.

The remainder of the project, including repaving with new asphalt, will wait for the spring months when asphalt plants reopen for the season. At that point, new poles and baskets will also be installed, along with lighting and a fence. Millovitsch said that to his knowledge, this was the first time the two 20-year-old courts had been renovated. “The asphalt had been cracking and breaking up over the years,” he said.

The Voluntown Recreation Commission obtained grant monies for the project with the help of state Rep. Steven Mikutel (D-45).

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