February 12, 2015 Capital Meeting

February 12, 2015 Capital Meeting

Postby Mary Wright » Tue Mar 17, 2015 8:14 pm

February 12, 2015

A meeting of the Capital Improvement Committee (CIC) was held on February 12, 2015 in the Municipal Center Resource Room. Mr. Vinson called the meeting to order at 2:12 PM.

PRESENT: Kent Vinson (Chairman), Brandon Auger, Paula Brouillette, Ellie Chesebrough, Don Gonynor (Vice Chairman), Shirley Mosczynski
NON-VOTING: Mike Guzinski (Town Administrator)
ABSENT: John Furno (Excused)

1. Review FY16 Capital Request Forms Submitted by the following Departments
Schools-Norm Yvon, Cortney Keegan and Jeff Kollett joined the meeting. Mr. Kollett spoke about the repairs needed for the middle school elevator jack. If the elevator breaks down, the school will not be ADA compliant and the school could be fined and/or sued. There could also be a hazardous oil spill to clean up. Mr. Guzinski explained that if there are funds left over from the middle school renovation project and if the repair meets the criteria, funds could be transferred to this repair at a Town Meeting, however the amount available may not be known for over a year. A discussion was held.
Mr. Kollett next spoke about the primary school chimney. The top four feet are in danger of falling down, which could take the flue with it, leaving the school without heat.
Next, the primary school phone system is outdated and not supported by the manufacturer. There is no classroom to classroom communication in that building. Mr. Vinson feels this is an important item.
Mr. Kollett presented the following requests: replacement of the old section of the primary school gym roof; sealcoating, repairs and paving of the school parking lots, driveways and back access road to the high school; gym floor repainting; painting the high school I-beams; 19 primary school windows; electrical system upgrades; bathroom fixtures replacement; primary school and high school gym interiors; tractor/mower; replacement of primary school exterior doors and rebuilding the high school’s sign. Replacement with a different style of sign was discussed. Sections of the primary school roof are being put out to bid with the Municipal Center roofing project.
Mr. Yvon spoke about updating the computer network infrastructure at the primary school to create equal access for all students and teachers in the district. Some of those costs may be eligible for partial reimbursement. Having Blackstone Valley Tech. (BVT) install the wiring was discussed.
A discussion was held regarding the best way to recommend high school and primary school improvements, how to fund them and where to place funds gained from new sources of revenue.
Ms. Chesebrough asked if the Town has ever looked into trying to formulate a tax on Wallum Lake State Park use to use for capital. Mr. Guzinski will look into that.

Fire-Kent Vinson joined the meeting as Fire Chief. His three items are: a rescue pumper, 2,500 feet of large diameter hose and personal protective equipment. Chief Vinson presented his arguments in support of all three items. Basically, he is requesting replacement of items that are old and failing. He has put in for an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) for the protective equipment.
A discussion was held regarding Operating Budgets, Capital Requests, rising expenses, cuts and decreases in State revenue. Ms. Brouillette wants to make sure it is visible to everyone in Town what they are giving up because the Town does not have the funds. Mr. Guzinski explained that the State is shifting the burden of local services from the State level to the local property tax payers, and the only two options are to raise taxes and/or make cuts.

2. Discuss FY16 Draft Capital Plan
Mr. Guzinski made a few corrections to the plan. He will get an updated copy to the Committee for next week. This item will be discussed more at the next meeting.

3. Discuss Capital Project Rating Sheet
This item was deferred to the next meeting.

4. Approve Minutes of January 15, 2015
Ms. Mosczynski made a motion to approve the January 15, 2015 Capital Improvement Committee meeting minutes as presented. Ms. Brouillette seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-5, Mr. Gonynor abstained.

5. Other Business
The next meeting will be February 26, 2015 at 2:00 PM. Mr. Guzinski will ask Water & Sewer to present.

6. Adjournment
Ms. Mosczynski made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 3:24 PM. Ms. Brouillette seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
Recording Secretary
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