Monday, January 3, 2011

Special Town Meeting 1.12.11

For those of you who care about such things... TM will be asked to vote on

#1 transfer handicap parking fine receipts o the disability commission for projects that benefit the disabled... this is a no brainer.

#2 Replacement of windows and doors at Stapleton School. The total cost is 1,020,000 with a grant paying 588,000 and the Town paying 431,000. A worthy project for sure,but three line item explanations that need more intell. One is that there's a designer costs of 85,000, OPM costs 42,000 (whatever OPM stands for) and a 5% contingency cost of 42,000. Why is this figure so high? Are there that many unknowns in replacing windows and doors in an old building that had this same thing done in 1974?

#3 Approve preliminary design for new McAuliffe library building located near the Nobscot shopping center.

#4 Authorize the BOS to acquire land for new library. The facts as we know them now, the purchase of the land will be bonded over 20 years. A grant will cover 50% of the total land and building expense with dept expenses starting in 2013 and 2014. It is unclear what the already filthy rich land owner AJ Rousseau wants for the land, but it's cheaper than the land at Pinefield.

On the surface it's seems like a no brainer.... but when the Town is talking about laying off 200 employee's, the unions refusing to allow the Town to rein in health care costs, school closings, and the simple fact that no project has come in at or under budget and the millions in unfunded mandates, I'd need a whole lot more convincing to vote in favor of this project at this time.

I'd welcome any and all comments about this.

The warrant is 27 pages long if you want to print it out.


At January 3, 2011 at 1:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do we as town residents get to comment at this special town meeting?

At January 3, 2011 at 2:18 PM , Blogger Linda and George said...

Does the funding for windows for the school that you say is part of this Special Town Meeting warrant come out of the school department budget, or out of the town’s capital budget? Why was it not included in the budget approved at the spring Town Meeting? Did all of these windows suddenly fail, or was someone not doing their job to keep track of repairs that were going to need to be done, or was it intentionally left out so they could get extra money at this Special Town Meeting to pay for it? I am betting it is in fact the last of those 3 options, but I would be interested in knowing that for sure.

At January 3, 2011 at 2:27 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

Anon... any Town resident can comment at any TM. When an article is brought forward and after all the committees have been heard from, the public can comment as long as you stand at the mic at the back of the room. The moderator will recognize you. javascript:void(0)

At January 3, 2011 at 2:37 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...


They applied for grant money last year and had the RFP done in July.

The Town must appropriate the other half of the money needed to replace the windows and doors. It's not coming from the school budget.

At January 3, 2011 at 3:09 PM , Blogger Old soldier said...

I don’t get this new library stuff. I just want a straight answer to one question. I don’t care how much money we get from Grants or from other sources. What is it going to cost the town of Framingham to build this new library? Then take what they tell you it is going to cost, multiply that by 1.5% because they have never come in at or below budget, divide that amount over the tax base in town, and tell me what it is going to cost me over the next 5 yrs to build this new library. Once I know that I can tell you if I support it or not. This town is operating like used car salesmen, never really telling you how much it is actually going to cost you out of your pocket.

At January 3, 2011 at 3:33 PM , Blogger Linda and George said...

So are you saying this comes out of the Capital Budget? Is it a line item in the Capital Budget that you guys approved at town meeting in April? If it is, why the special vote next week, and if it was not included in the April budget, then why wasn’t it?

At January 3, 2011 at 4:16 PM , Blogger Rich said...

I hope all our town meeting members vote in a fiscally responsible way at this special town meeting. We have got to start trying to reign in the liberals on the board of selectmen. If town meeting members are listening to the voices of the people the represent, they should be hearing us say we can not pay any more than we already are paying.


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