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NEW TOWN HALL AGAIN!

New Town Hall - No Options?

We can't fix the roof?

The town hall options are as follows:
    A. A new building        =  17,000 sq.ft.   $8,000,000.
    B. Renovation and add = 21,000 sq.ft.      8,000,000.
They considered as only feasible option - A, in spite of the fact that B gave them more space, some 4000 feet. (?) It must be obvious that an option taking advantage of this differential must be cheaper., i.e., a 3000 vs. a 7000 foot difference ... same cost!
This week they discussed the repairs Option C with data dated both 6 months and 17 months ago. Why discuss this now, if they discussed it then? And why have they refused to discuss Option D and D1 and D2? These are based on an equal sq.ft. Of 17,000 and lower.
    C. Repair ONLY                $2,000,000.
    D. Renovation and add     = 17,000 sq.ft.      5,000,000.
    D1.    “          ”          “     = 15,000 sq.ft.      4,000,000.
    D2.    “            Only         = 14,000 sq.ft.       3,500,000.
Note: all estimates are based on the original estimate detail work sheets for options A &B.


So what have we heard this week - detail on the necessary repair work and that the negligence on any repair will continue hoping for the NEW building project. (Please note that the Manager Charter Sec 4 (21) states “manage and be responsible for all the town buildings, ...”) This is a good BEGINNING on the renovation projects. Each item noted in the report must be done for each and every option. Sullivan is quoted as saying, “ it’s not a building you can renovate”...Unfortunately we renovated the Igo, the Ahearne, High school, Robinson Hill, and Library units and are programming the Burrell and Taylor schools. And local architects, engineers, contractors, developers, supply house personnel all claim it CAN BE DONE! No problem - even the Town’s architect indicated renovation could be done, a little more difficult in design and supervision. But they get paid at a higher rate for this difficulty! And when we can demonstrate it is $3 million dollars less, it is the ONLY OPTION!

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