The committee rating process has concluded after many meetings and site visits, and the Elm Street location was top-rated for a location of the new Brattleboro Skatepark, according to the draft minutes of the Skatepark Selection Committee.
Here are their draft results:
5. Final rating process
It was decided that the scoring would be done by without using committee member names. There was a short discussion about the criteria not all having the same weight. Members then gave their total scores for each of the 10 locations and the numbers were tallied giving these results (a perfect score for a site would be 2,310 requiring all 7 members to give all the criteria a 10):
1st Elm Street (1,819)
2nd Crowell Lot (1,518)
3rd Living Memorial Park by the pool (1,458)
4th BAMS (1,433)
5th Living Memorial Park upper hill (1,428)
6th The Common (1,373)
7th Elliot Street Park (1,370)
8th Living Memorial Park above memorial garden(1,289)
9th Fort Dummer Field (1,220)
10th Cedar Street (1,006)
After the tallying of scores, the committee was questioned as to when public opinion would be heard in reference to the top sites. It was explained that the interim town manager, Patrick Moreland, wanted the upcoming Park and Recreation meeting to be very well publicized expressly for the purpose of hearing public opinion. It was then determined that presenting the sites at the next Parks and Recreation meeting on May 12th was too short a time to accomplish that goal and the date was moved to May 22nd. Carol stated the discussion of the top sites at that meeting and the following Select Board meeting would give the public a chance to weigh in on the choices. It was also mentioned that the design process phase would allow for public input. Carol suggested that people near the site locations help spread the word of the two upcoming meetings to their neighbors. She would supply meeting information to them.