Town Meeting redirected the preliminary path hatched by town officials to deal with four major building projects by turning down the two-for-one $67 million Mega School that would have orphaned Fort River, a preferred site for the new DPW thus allowing the new South Fire Station to occupy their former (really) old site next to my house.
Fort River Elementary School
Last night Town Meeting added more delay by voting down the $350,000 for Schematic Design of the DPW a kind of stage 2 process, but did approve $75,000 for South Fire Station stage 1 study. But if that study shows the DPW site to be the best choice for the new Fire Station then that confirms the additional delay of a at least a year.
Current DPW is located in 100 year old former Trolley building
And the town has already squandered 50 years delaying the new South Fire Station.
Preliminary figures bandied about for the new Fire Station are in the $12 million range and the new DPW three times that with no state reimbursement. The Jones Library expansion/renovation in the $32 million range with the state paying $15 million, private donations of $5 million, and a taxpayer Debt Exclusion Override of $12 million.
And the just torpedoed $67 Mega School was to be 50% state funded the other half a Debt Exclusion Override.
AFD Central Station a sardine can for expensive equipment
If the town really wanted to score points with some of us curmudgeons they would tap our $12 million in stashed away reserves and light a fire under the new Fire Station process.
With that vital necessity out of the way the other projects stand a better chance because the town would have demonstrated it knows how to set priorities. (For a change.)