Newtown officials have questioned the cost of maintenance for the design selected by the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission. The design features a large tree in the center of a reflection pool. First Selectman Dan Rosenthal says the group tried to give thought to maintenance, but their charge was to select a design. There was no budgetary restriction given to the Commission by the previous Board of Selectmen. The task now is to have them work with the Public Building and Sites Committee, designer SWA and others on a workable budget for the project. The cost of ongoing maintenance will have to be factored in to material decisions. Some value engineering may be needed so the Memorial Commission will be kept as active. As other municipal officials seek to keep the project on a reasonable financial path, they could ask the Commission advice on those material changes.