Committee forms to contemplate future of Armory

The Hettinger Armory is no longer used by the military, but is currently owned by the city of Hettinger.Posted Nov. 8, 2013

 

By JAMIE SPAINHOWER

Record Editor

 

The Hettinger Armory is no longer used by the military, but is currently owned by the city of Hettinger.

The school has rented it for several years, and uses it as an extra gym, for an occasional junior high dance and when it has need of a quiet place with no bells going off for testing, such as the ACT test, said Hettinger Superintendent Adam Hill.

It was also used for the FBLA Halloween Carnival.

“Especially at this time of year we need the four gyms for basketball practices,” he said. “We have Scranton, Reeder, the High School and the Armory for junior high and varsity boys and girls practices.”

Take one of the gyms out of the equation and it ends up with one of the teams having to have an early and late practice, and students not getting home until 9 p.m. he said.

In addition to school uses, the building is also used by the community in a variety of ways.

It will host the Third Annual Christmas fair on Nov. 9, and recently held the WRHS Health awareness day.

With it’s full kitchen, cafeteria, gym and office space it offers a large space or small for those with about every size need for an event.

In case of an emergency it also the place where Hettinger residents are to go for shelter, and as a gathering point for evacuations, if it is found necessary.

“The steering committee was formed by Jim Goplin,” said Hill.

Members of the committee are Anthony Larson, Jim Goplin, Al McIntyre, Jim Long, Curt Drolc, Bob Hall, Melana Howe, Kevin Morast and Hill.

Larson proposed one possible used would be a fitness center. Other ideas include a community events center – for meetings, concerts, dances and large banquets; School needs – possibly moving the pre-school over there if the number of students continues to grow; a wellness center rental of office space and reopening the gun and bow and arrow range.

The meetings will be at 4 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month, beginning Nov. 20.