2 boards review, resolve issues with summer rec.

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Byline: Lynne Klaft

LANCASTER - Last summer the Recreation Committee approved a day camp and tennis camp to be run by a privately owned business called New England Team Tennis on town property. About halfway through the camp, they found that the program needed to have a license agreement approved by selectmen and the Board of Health.

Selectmen requested a special meeting with the committee that was held last night to discuss procedures for vendor selection, town beach operations, creating fee schedules and policies, and money management tools.

Jennifer B. Leone, chairman of selectmen, opened the meeting by saying that it was great that the Recreation Committee was looking for ways to expand programming for townsfolk, but that they needed to make sure there would be no surprises.

Town Administrator Orlando Pacheco explained that there are already processes in place that protect the town from liability and certain programs may need to be advertised and opened for bids, which are regulated by the

state.

"Depending on what kind of program it is, you may have to open it up to anyone who is interested and then choose the best, most qualified vendor for the town. Any vendor can have a program, but they need to get a license from the town," he said, adding that the town has boilerplate license agreements that can be used for such purposes and contain language that will protect the town from

liability claims.

The committee said that they approved a measure to direct 15 percent of funds collected to be paid to the town. The 15 percent "fee" came to approximately $1,700, but supplies that the committee also agreed to...

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