By Diana Bowle of the News Staff - DEXTER - With municipal finances extremely tight, volunteers are digging in to help finish local projects. The council learned on Thursday that local golf directors had raised $600 for drainage work on the town-owned course.
In addition, a local Boy Scout announced he has plans to build a roof on a cement pad at the Matt Pooler Memorial Playground for a picnic area.
Council members were pleased with the contributions, according to Town Manager Judy Doore.
Mary Morancie, a Dexter Municipal Golf Course director, told the council that directors had raised the money by selling a written history of the golf course, and she asked that the funds be used to finish up a drainage project. Board Chairman Peter Haskell said recently he couldn't remember the town ever having received a contribution from golf course directors and thanked them on behalf of the board.
Jonathan Drapeau, a junior at Dexter Regional High School, told the council he wanted to install a roof over a cement pad at Little Lake Wassookeag beach for his Eagle Scout project. He said he wants to dedicate the project in memory of his dad, the late James Drapeau, and to Matt Pooler, for whom the playground is named.
The funds to build the original playground were given in memory of Pooler. The council directed Drapeau to secure the approximately $1,200 for the project and report back to them at their meeting on Thursday for final approval.
Regarding the park project, Doore said the beach house has been renovated and will be open to the public from daylight to dusk this summer. The building has been closed in recent years because of repeated vandalism. "It's a very important facility for the beach, and we are going to keep it open all the time and we will not tolerate vandalism," Doore said Monday.
She said the facilities committee and police would keep the building under watch.
By reopening the beach house, the town no longer will have to pay $180 a month to rent two portable toilets, according to Doore.
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