DPW aka "The Barn"
The new DPW building, a possible $20 million project, is moving along faster than sludge in a sewer line.
Consultants Weston & Sampson were recently chosen out of 7 who applied for the $52,000 contract to help ascertain needs for the new building. Their report is expected to be completed in two months, in time for Fall Town Meeting.
Central Fire Station built 1929, when FD equipment was a lot smaller than today
The new Fire Station, also a possible $20 million project, is closely tied to the DPW project because that could become the location for the desperately needed new station. Kind of like living in a family of many siblings and having to wait for the bathroom in the morning.
And since they don't call it "Central" for nothing, FD's current location -- within spitting distance of the Jones Library and CVS parking lot where a new garage is contemplated -- could be instantly put to good use either by the private or public sector.
The town is simultaneously pursuing two other major capital projects, the Wildwood School renovation and the Jones Library expansion/renovation. Those two projects have the benefit of state funding, 50% for the Library and almost two-third reimbursement for the school project.
According to Finance Director Sandy Pooler the report from the consultants before summer's end will set the stage for the floodgates to open.
But then, how fast does sludge really move?
Farm across the street from DPW, anticipating loss of 50' row of arborvitae, planted new trees