NEWBURYPORT — City councilors have sent to committee a proposal from Mayor Donna Holaday to direct $255,170 from the city’s “free cash” account to be spent on a number of projects.
Holaday said that the current free cash balance is $1.3 million. “Free cash” is a municipal term for unspent money left over from last fiscal year’s budget.
The mayor recommended spending on the following projects:
High school woodwork, $50,000: The scope of the work includes the front, center section of the high school including the columns, portico, windows and up to the cupola and dome. Much of the funding will come through an award from the Community Preservation Commission, and this sum help conclude the project.
Purchase order and content management system, $39,820: City officials want to introduce an electronic system to replace its “paper intensive, antiquated warrant process.”
Nock-Molin baseball field preliminary design, $4,950: This project would lay the groundwork for construction a new baseball field at the Nock-Molin School to replace the field that was displaced by the new Bresnahan School.
Defibrillators, $4,870: Local officials say they will take advantage of a 50 percent reimbursement program for schools. Eight new units will replace old ones at the Nock-Molin and the high school.
Highland Cemetery granite posts, $13,204: A project funded through last fiscal year’s supplemental budget did not occur.
Fire station alerting/public address system and communications logging recorder, $36,246: This system will connect the dispatch center with both stations simultaneously. The existing radio equipment is 10 years old, and not integrated with other systems.
Reflective jackets, $13,500: The green reflective rain/winter jackets that officers are issued are eight years old, and in need of replacement.
Library carpet replacement, $16,700: Officials say the carpeting in the first floor reading room, the media area and the back hallway is 13 years old and is getting worn.
Street sweeper, $67,000: This request is to replace an 11-year-old sweeper.
Virginia Lane tree planting, $8,800: The outlay to to provide for the cost of replacement plantings along a drainage swale near Storeybrooke Road lost in 2013 as part of the Virginia Lane Drainage Swale Improvement Project.