Current DPW cannot shelter much of their fleet
The long awaited new DPW Facility Planning Study will be presented to the Select Board on Monday night. Main headline of course will be the $37 million price tag. Ouch!
DPW Chief Guilford Mooring points out this is still a preliminary plan with healthy contingencies built in, so prices should drop as the plan gets closer to breaking ground.
Fort River School is the preferred site for new DPW
The town is currently in the throes of birthing four major costly building projects: a new $65 million elementary school, a Jones Library expansion/renovation with published reports as high as $40 million, a new forever talked about South Fire Station which certainly will cost more than the $12 millions Joint Capital Planning Committee has used as a placeholder for years, and this DPW refresh at around $37 million.
The state will reimburse half the School and Library construction costs but even then we're looking at $50 million in town funds. And there's no state reimbursement for DPW, so now we're up to $87 million; and the Fire Station can't be much cheaper than a DPW facility, so new we're well over $100 million.
Or one-tenth of a billion. Yeah, that's real money.