Shumway Street Project: Water/Sewer = $553,487 and Repaving = $199, 827
When you consider that an average Little League ballplayer could hit a baseball the length of Shumway Street and the cost to renovate that little stretch of concrete is over three quarters of a million dollars, it kind of demonstrates that $17 million in road repair backlog is not all that earth shaking.
And Amherst does have 133 miles of roadways.
Vince O'Connor, everybody's favorite activist, is collecting signatures for the Fall Town Meeting to sabotage the new DPW Facility in favor of road repair.
But the money for a new DPW building or Fire Station or new Mega School, each of which is tens of millions of dollars, does not come out of operating budgets.
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Already insiders are betting the Select Board will place a $35 million Debt Exclusion Override on the November 8th ballot for the new mega school. If that Override should fail it's not like extra money will then be put into the school budget for new books, teachers or playground repairs.
The Finance Committee is taking up the serious issue of the four major capital building projects with an eye towards affordability, timing and educational outreach to the general public.
Scuttling the DPW building project now would only delay the inevitable. And make it more expensive to restart in the not too distant future.
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