Town officials say they want to direct $100,000 in federal funding to a private group seeking to put a seasonal, open-air ice rink in Waveny. The allocation would be part of the first allocation of nearly $6 million in new federal funding through the America Rescue Plan Act, under a proposal that the Board of Selectmen reviewed during its regular meeting Tuesday. The equipment for the rink is purchased and “the plan is to level a parking lot at Waveny to accommodate the ice rink to be in operation by Thanksgiving,” according to First Selectman Kevin Moynihan. “This is going to be, really, a public-private partnership, so to speak, in terms of we are going to help with the location and parking lot which we otherwise have to repair, it’s one of the most terrible parking lots we have at Waveny,” Moynihan said during Tuesday’s meeting of the Board of Selectmen. Those behind the rink proposal—a group that as of December 2019 included members of the Parks & Recreation Commission and Town Council, as well as municipal workers—have met out of the public eye and have described themselves a private entity (though they’ve had to appear before the town to get permission to spend money held in a municipal Special Project Fund).