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Where We Live: Orchard Park

Orchard Park

Plans for a new field house will be a centerpiece of meetings and conversations Thursday and Friday with the architects designing the new Community Activities Center.

The question: Should the field house be big enough to bring in extra revenue and rent space to schools outside Orchard Park? The money could help pay the mortgage for the pool and senior center in the new community buildings at Brush Mountain Park, said Supervisor Patrick Keem.

“There is a screaming need for such a facility in Western New York,” said Keem, who has been researching the idea. He also wants a “green” building that uses renewable energy, like solar panels and geothermal heat.

“It’s all being tossed around,” he said. “We’re going to put it all on the wall and figure out what sticks. Let’s take our time. Let’s be thorough. Let’s plan this correctly.”

He encouraged anyone with an interest in the project to come listen to the discussion with Wendel Architects at the Municipal Center during a meeting Thursday in the basement meeting room. The session is divided into four slots; field house design discussion from 9 to 10 a.m.; recreation department needs from 10 to 11 a.m.; the pool plans from 11 a.m. to noon. After lunch, engineers will review the site plan from 1 to 4 p.m.

On Friday, an architectural presentation will begin at 9 a.m. in the first floor meeting room. From 10 to 11 a.m. the Senior Services Task Force will go over their research. From 11 a.m. to noon, the Senior Council will give a presentation about Senior Center activities and needs. Details from all the meetings will be reviewed, beginning at noon.

“We’re still in the early stages,” said Keem. “There will be chairs set up for people to come in and listen.”

This week:

• The town Historic Preservation Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday, first floor conference room, Municipal Center, 4295 S. Buffalo St.

• The village Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, first floor conference room, Municipal Center.

• The town Conservation Board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, basement meeting room, Municipal Center.

• The Town Board meets Wednesday for a 6 p.m. work session at the Supervisor’s office before the 7 p.m. meeting in the court/board room, Municipal Center, 4295 S. Buffalo St.

• The Rails to Trails committee meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday, first floor conference room, Municipal Center.

• The Board of Education meets for a public hearing on the school budget at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the school district offices, 2240 Southwestern Blvd.

• The Chamber of Commerce hosts a lunch seminar about contract law, noon - 1 p.m. Thursday, 4211 N. Buffalo St. $10. Call 662-3366 to register.

• The library hosts a seminar about Microsoft Publisher and making newsletters, calendars and flyers, 4-7 p.m. Thursday, 4570 S. Buffalo St. Call 662-9851 to register.