Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Capital Budget '10/11: five referenda on Nov 2

Based on tonight's discussion, it appears there will be five referenda headed to you -- the voters -- on November 2.

1) Fire - breathing apparatus upgrade @ $425,000

We got these additional details tonight:2) Road repavement @ $1,500,000

3) School roof replacements @ $1,000,000

For this, I made a request of school staff. At the meeting I explained that I had spoken with Celtic Energy today regarding the infrastructure and energy RFP for CHS, Dodd, Town Hall and the PD. I know that much had been done on the RFP since last fall, but I learned our likely next steps:

a) September -- issue the RFP upon legal counsel's approval

b) October -- receive the proposals

c) November -- select a vendor

d) January to June -- vendor could potentially expand the preliminary audit so as to be able to provide improvements beyond the initial four buildings... followed with actual infrastructure and energy improvements to school & town buildings.

Having explained my current understanding to the Council and school staff, I requested that they simply remain aware of the possibility of incorporating roof improvements into a more comprehensive school improvement project.

4) Dodd cafeteria renovations Phase III @ $250,000 (plus prior appropriations of $300,000 and $50,000 for a total of $600,000)

5) CHS track resurfacing @ $325,000 (plus a prior appropriation of $130,000 for a total of $450,000) For some prior discussion on the turf / track combo, see here and here.

Tim White

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