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March 8, 2013

More funding requests for Page School raise concerns

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At the special meeting last October the finance board cautioned the town “to expect articles presented every year for funds to continue to renovate and maintain Page School for the next 10 to 15 years.” It also recommended the building committee provide a five-year capital plan to help the town adequately prepare for what could wind up being another $10 million in improvements for the school.

Acceptance of Mechanic Street as a public way and a proposal from the Energy Advisory Committee to adopt the state’s Stretch Code, an appendix to the Massachusetts State Building Code, also appear on the annual warrant draft.

A draft of a special warrant for the same night as the annual meeting currently contains several requests from Public Works director Gary Bill, including $175,000 for road and sidewalk improvements, $39,560 for repairs to the Garden Street Fire Station, $182,840 to purchase a four-wheel drive loader, $59,000 for a roadside mower, $33,912 to replace carpeting in the Annex and the 1910 Town Office Building.

Bill is also seeking $14,200 in Community Preservation Act funding to replace the roof of the Mill Pond Building. The Open Space Committee will ask voters for $40,100 from CPA to install a bridge over the Indian River and a boardwalk on the Coffin Street trail that connects to the Riverbend West trails.

A $12,000 request from the Board of Fire Engineers to repair the department’s tower truck also appears on the preliminary special warrant. The truck was damaged when it responded to a house fire on River Road during last month’s blizzard.

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