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J.L. Pate

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WAGRAM — The Wagram Town Board on Thursday night voted to move forward with attaining bids for the new 2,400 square-foot nutrition center on McKay Street.

A presentation on the proposed community nutrition center by consultant Tammy Jones of the Adams Company in Warsaw was abbreviated because of a misplaced package of site drawings and floor plans. She relied, instead, on smaller black and white illustrations that were telefaxed to her during a rare meeting recess.

“This may be the first time in Wagram’s history that the board had had to take a recess,’’ said Mayor Milton W. Farmer, prompting chuckles from several of the five other board members. The meeting resumed in about 10 minutes.

Survey work at the proposed building site is expected to be finished Friday, the mayor said.

The board voted to adopt a brick exterior for the nutrition center, which will have a seating capacity of just over 100 people and include a side entrance portico with 8-inch fluted columns, and keystone pediments for the windows. That entrance had to be moved in the plans because of building code requirements mandating a minimum distance between entrance doors.

The only change requested by the board was the inclusion of a service window with counter between the kitchen and dining area.

Completion of the nutrition center is expected by the end of 2015.

In a second pitch to the board, Jones outlined a proposal to expand the town’s recreation center, to include new playground equipment outside the existing facility, a sheltered outdoor fitness station with several exercise machines, two picnic shelters and a fenced “tot-lot’’ with playground equipment specifically designed for pre-schoolers.

More details on that project will be provided at next month’s meeting, she said.

Jim Pate can be reached at 910-506-3171.

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