May 23, 2012 Capital Improvement Committee

May 23, 2012 Capital Improvement Committee

Postby Mary Wright » Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:25 pm

May 23, 2012

A meeting of the Capital Improvement Committee (CIC) was held on May 23, 2012 in the Municipal Center Resource Room. Mr. Gonynor called the meeting to order at 2:00 PM.

PRESENT: Don Gonynor (Chairman), Mark Dunleavy (Vice-Chairman), Paula Brouillette, Ellie Chesebrough, Nancy Lane, Shirley Mosczynski, Mike Guzinski (Town Administrator), Kent Vinson.

Vote on Recommendation for Capital Article on the Special Town Meeting Warrant of June 11, 2012
Mr. Guzinski stated that there are three articles on the Special Town Meeting, one of which is a Capital article: $33,441 to be transferred from the School Construction Account for the purpose of purchasing and installing high school computer network infrastructure.
Mr. Mitch Cohen joined the meeting to talk about the technical details of the project. Next year the School Building Committee will have $1.2 million to spend on technology. He stated that the School Committee, School Dept. and School Building Committee feel it makes sense to spend that money on modern technology. The eighth grade iPad pilot program was cut from the school operating budget due to budget constraints. Mr. Cohen stated that at their last meeting, the School Building Committee was supportive of buying the iPads within the School Building Project technology budget.
The other component is the wireless infrastructure for the high school. To use the iPads, the wireless infrastructure needs to be upgraded. There is money left in the high school construction project account that could be used for that upgrade. Transfer of this money would close out the high school construction account. A discussion ensued regarding the upgrade and the use of the funds.
Regarding Article 3, the money would be transferred to the elementary school construction account so that $51,000 will not have to be borrowed.
Ms. Chesebrough is not in favor of either of the components. She would favor putting the money towards the library or other capital projects that they have reviewed in the past. Mr. Gonynor replied that because the money is bonded and the library project is not yet bonded, the money could not be transferred for that use. Ms. Jeanne Lovett, Finance Director, explained how the funds from the high school construction account could be used. Ms. Brouillette and Mr. Gonynor are concerned because this project did not go through the Capital process in the right way. Ms. Brouillette is also concerned about the sustainability of the budgets to handle the changes in technology.
Ms. Mosczynski made a motion to support Article 2: High School Computer Network Infrastructure. Mr. Dunleavy seconded the motion. Vote: Aye: 6, No: 1.

Other Business
Ms. Brouillette feels that the Capital Committee needs to send a letter to the Board of Selectmen and the Sewer Dept. to request that the booster station replacement on Main Street be raised to a crisis decision. It was the consensus of the Committee to do so.
Ms. Chesebrough read the legal ad for the bathroom upgrade in the paper today. It has not been voted on yet. She asked what would happen if there is money left over and Ms. Lovett explained.

Ms. Mosczynski made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 2:36 PM. Ms. Brouillette seconded the motion. Vote-Unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
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