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F-M residents to vote May 21 on property purchase

— The property is attractive to the district for several reasons, including its proximity to F-M High School’s House II.

“This property would help address concerns we have related to pedestrian safety around the high school’s House II entrance,” Kaiser said. “There is a lot of traffic that goes around the circle in front of the building as people search for parking. We’d prefer to keep vehicles away from building entrances where people are coming and going.”

Some of the corner property could be used for more parking for that wing of the high school, ultimately allowing the district to eliminate parking near the House II entrance.

The house currently on the property could be retrofitted by the district's maintenance staff making it suitable for records storage by adding shelving or other features where necessary.

There is also a large detached multi-vehicle garage behind the two-story residence that could easily accommodate some of the district’s maintenance vehicles and equipment currently left outside year-round due to a lack of indoor space at the district’s existing maintenance building on Pride Lane.

“Given the climate we are in, the life expectancy of our maintenance vehicles and equipment stored outside is greatly reduced due to the amount of snow and rain we experience,” said Michael Vespi, F-M’s assistant superintendent for business services. “This purchase would allow us to immediately begin storing equipment indoors since there is already a large garage on the property.”

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