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This is the CIPC finalizing its report for the Aug 28 7:00 PM public hearing. One point of intrest, they speak of three proposed land purchases. For the public to consider this, we would have a list of lots we already own, including land from tax Forcloosures, removed from the tax rolls. Location by street number, and acreage size, would be nice " plain talk " not map # lot # code. This committee has worked long and hard since April, trying hard to colate justification and cost for everything on the wish list.
Hope that the CIPC can hear at this public hearing. The BOS set a very poor example for public hearing conduct, regarding the hearing for the warrant article. It was a public announcement, not a hearing. No changes allowed... Protocalls like this give us a site study to locate a gym, before a need assesment is done. Costly error.
Hope the CIPC can talk up an ounce of prevention instead of a pound of cure for the town fire pond, opposite the library across Rt. 25. The access to the draft site is 100% grown in. The ounce of prevention may be $ 1,000 to cut the brush. The pound of cure has already turned up in the Taylor Land Use Report, a cistern on Taylor land, for town fire protection. Cure cost: + - $ 80,000
Interesting that this team, who evaluate all departments capital needs, have NEVER seen recreation participation. Numbers for any of their programs. This seems to be a well kept secret, and I suspect the numbers will not support a gym. How will the UNH professors do a needs study without these numbers ? This cover-up can not go on much longer. We all need the numbers for a decision.
The following is from the CIPC draft report to be discussed at the Aug 28 hearing:Finally, we presented our Draft Capital Improvements Program Report at a public hearing held on August 28, 2014 and adjusted our proposal to reflect relevant comments accordingly. Finally, the Committee met on September 4, 2014 to revise Appendix K. as per the comments received at the public hearing and as per recently updated information from Department Heads on ??? project requests.Very nice to see the mechanics in place to actually listen to hearing attendees, and adjust the report accordingly. If only the BOS had allowed that on the warrant hearing...
Another piece of the CIPC draft report discussing the gym rational :The primary impetus for this project seems to be based upon a part of the 2011 Blue Ribbon Commission report that suggested that the Town “pursue development of a facility that includes an indoor gymnasium, Recreation Department Office program and storage space that would be on existing school land or property adjacent to school facilities”. That report was thought by the CIPC to be outdated, without consideration of current demographic trends and the plans also included the re-use of the current Rec. building as the office for the Visiting Nurse. That repurpose is no longer needed. The request for this very expensive facility discounts and ignores the Blue Ribbon Commission’s other recommendation that “the potential use of school facilities to support part of the recreation department’s summer programs should be explored. The (BRC) Commission believes the coordinated planning between the Recreation Department and the school Athletic Department of when annual maintenance to both MCS and MA gymnasiums will take place could allow for the use of these facilities for part of the summer months”. There was no evidence of any discussions of this sort presented at our Rec meeting.The Blue Ribbon Committee was a group of five people, and was disbanded two years ago. It seems to be the leading rationale as our Town Administrator and our Rec Director discuss the need for a gym.
The CIPC needs to look in the closet for the " whole story " on the public safety building slab repair. The $ 10,000 listed may pay the engineers who are watching it sink, but $ 75 grand or so is thought to be the cost of a fix. This is testimony to our ability to engineer and build a large building. Getting tired of the retrofits and repairs.
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