April 20, 2011 BFCC Meeting

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April 20, 2011 BFCC Meeting

Postby Lisa Lannon » Wed May 11, 2011 8:06 am

BUILDING FACILITIES CONSTRUCTION COMMITTEE
MEETING MINUTES
APRIL 20, 2011



A meeting of the Building Facilities Construction Committee was held on April 20, 2011 at the Municipal Center. The meeting was called to order at 7:04 PM.

ATTENDANCE
PRESENT: William McConnell (Chairman), Sean Holland (Vice Chairman), Shirley Mosczynski, Virginia Howe, Linda Brown, Matt Sargent, Joe Biagioni (Ex-officio), William Cundiff (Town Engineer).
ABSENT: Ed Gouin.

I. GEOTHERMAL PRESENTATION
Mr. Carl Orio, and Mr. Martin Orio from Water Energy joined the meeting to discussed geothermal technology. Mr. Carl Orio gave a presentation. Some areas discussed include: the concept of geothermal, ways to take energy out of the earth (closed loop, standing column, and open to recycle), measuring efficiency performance, cost per ton, geology, maintenance, thermal stability, environmental impact, and regulations. Some discussion held.
Mr. Cundiff noted that this is a learning process for the Committee. He indicated that as projects come up this technology could be looked at. He noted that with regard to the school project, it would not be feasible due to the tight time line. Decisions have already been made.
Mr. Martin Orio discussed some of the incentives and grant opportunities that are currently available.
Mr. Cohen joined the meeting and noted that School Building Committee did express an interest in looking into geothermal for the School project, primarily for the new Elementary School. Based on the information that was received, the decision was made not to move forward with it.
Mr. Cundiff noted that should geothermal be considered for another project there could be potential for funds under the Green Communities Act should the Town decide to move forward with it.

II. SAFETY COMPLEX
Mr. Cundiff indicated that there was nothing to report with regard to the Safety Complex at this time.

III. LIBRARY ADA RENOVATION PROJECT
Mr. Cundiff reported that there are approximately 52 potential bidders for the Library ADA Renovation Project. This is based upon the people that have taken out the RFQ. The site walk was held on April 13, 2011 and approximately 7 firms showed up. The bids are due on May 2, 2011.
Mr. Cundiff discussed the process moving forward once the bids come in. Some discussion held. Mr. Biagioni indicated he would keep the Library Trustees apprised of the progress.

IV. SITING OF A MUNICIPAL COMPOST FACILITY
Mr. Cundiff noted that the Committee has been invited to the Board of Health Meeting on April 26, 2011 at 6:15 PM to discuss their experience with the siting of a municipal compost facility. It was questioned as to the source of interest in this project. Mr. Cundiff indicated that it is his understanding that interest was generated as a result of local residents inquiring about this. As a result the Board of Selectmen has asked this Committee to review.

V. HEMLOCK STREET BRIDGE
Mr. Cundiff noted that he spoke with the engineer regarding the MASS DOT comments. He has also spoken with the Town Administrator and the Highway Superintendent. It was agreed to have another engineer take over moving forward. Other engineers that have had experience with MASS DOT bridge projects have been contacted to give a proposal on a scope of work. Some discussion held.

VI. MUNICIPAL WIND TURBINE
Mr. Cundiff noted that regarding the notification to abutters requesting installation of sound measuring devices; three of the four gave approval. The fourth has not responded. A different location is being considered.

VII. INTERMEDIATE/ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PROJECT
Ms. Mosczynski gave an update on the school project. She indicated that subcommittees are being established to help progress moving forward.

VIII. DCS ENERGY SOLAR PROPOSAL
Mr. Cundiff discussed the DCS Energy Solar proposal. He indicated that he has been working on an RFI (Request for Information) advertisement. He discussed some of the obstacles involved with this, appropriate wording and location for advertisement. He will be speaking with DOER regarding this. He noted that the new Town Counsel does have individuals that have experience with green technologies. He will be having discussions with them. After that it will be determined whether to go for a full RFP rather than an RFI. He will keep the Committee advised. Some discussion held.

IX. GREEN COMMUNITIES PLANNING ASSISTANCE
Mr. Cundiff discussed the draft Green Communities Action Plan. He noted the schedule of actions items. Much discussion held. It was noted that National Grid does energy audits and suggested that it should be determined what it entails. Mr. Cundiff will check with Mr. Biton.
There were no further changes to the Green Communities Action Plan. Ms. Brown made a motion to recommend to the Board of Selectman to adopt the Green Communities Action Plan dated March 16, 2011. Ms. Mosczynski seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.

X. MINUTES
Ms. Brown made a motion to approve the April 6, 2011 minutes as presented. Ms. Mosczynski seconded the motion. Vote: Yes – 5, Abstained – 1. Motion carries.

XI. ADJOURNMENT
Ms. Brown made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:10 PM. Mr. Sargent seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Lisa Lannon
Recording Secretary
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