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					  TOWN OF STOUGHTON

 CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT

         AND

CAPITAL EQUIPMENT PLAN


    FY2002-FY2007
                             PART I

                        FACILITIES
In recent years, the Town has made significant progress to
update many of our municipal facilities. Considering the
extensive list of municipal facilities - schools, municipal
buildings, water and sewer facilities, playgrounds, drainage
systems, roads and highways - it is important that the Town
maintain a consistent plan to keep these facilities in
excellent condition. Proper annual maintenance and periodic
modernization will insure that all our facilities remain in
excellent condition for decades to come.

In recent years the Town has provided funds to renovate and
modernize the Town Hall, the Lucius Clapp Building, and the
Library. Construction has been completed on the new Police
Station. Construction is ongoing on a new Senior Center and
Fire Headquarters Station. Several schools and Town
buildings have been brought into complete compliance with
ADA Regulations. The intersection of Washington and Central
Streets has been rebuilt. Turnpike Street Reconstruction is
close to complete. Miles of roadways have been modernized.
Our sewer system has been expanded and “tightened”. The
West School Athletic Complex was rebuilt with town funds.
Private groups have built and are maintaining excellent
recreational facilities.

Design is underway to rebuild and modernize the Public Works
facility. Construction will soon be underway to improve the
Halloran Field and install lavatory facilities at the West
School Athletic Complex. Our recreation facilities are
excellent due to an unusually effective partnership between
the Town and private groups.

With the purchase of the McNamara Farm, the Town has begun
an important program to purchase land for open space.

But more needs to be done.

The following is a brief discussion, in alphabetical order,
of the major concerns of each department’s buildings and
infrastructures.
I: AMERICANS WITH DISABILITTIES ACT: Several years ago
the Town had appropriated $1.9 million to begin the process
of bringing all Town facilities, including schools, into
full compliance with this important federal legislation.
Unfortunately, the studies to estimate costs woefully
underestimated the amount of work and total costs. It now
appears that the total cost could be as high as 3.8 million
to 4.0 million dollars.

Presently, construction is complete to bring the following
buildings into compliance: Hansen School, Jones School,
Town Hall and Library.

Funding was approved at the Annual Town Meeting for further
design work to bring other buildings and facilities into
full compliance. Additional funds for construction will be
requested at the 2002 Annual Town Meeting.

II: CEDAR HILL GOLF COURSE: The Cedar Hill Golf Course
was purchased by the Town in 1975 for $455,000. Upon
completion of renovations and improvements funded by grants
and the Town ($104,000), the course opened for play in 1978.
The daily operation of the Course is overseen by a Committee
appointed by the Town Manager. The Course continues to be
profitable and the improvements listed here will further
increase revenue. These improvements will be financed by
golf receipts.

The Cedar Hill Golf Course Committee has three programs for
the next five years to improve the golf course:

    1.   Practice Range: Plans are in the
         “thinking” stage to build a
         practice range for golfers waiting to
         play and who want to improve their game.
         This facility would charge fees and
         contribute to the profitability of the
         golf course. No specific time table
         has been established to construct this
         new facility.

         Estimated Cost:   $80,000

    2.   Land Acquisition: There is still
         significant open space bordering the golf
         course. The Town should acquire this
         land with the intent of expanding our
         existing short nine hole course into a
     more challenging nine hole course. There
     is not enough land to build an additional nine
     holes. But it is realistic to expand our existing
     nine holes. Town Meeting has authorized the
     purchase of one adjacent parcel.

     Estimated Cost:   Unknown at this time.

                  Fiscal Year 2002

3.   Construct new golf cart basin for the motorized
     carts. The existing metal sheds are in need of
     repairs and are too small. A new shed will allow
     for more carts, cold storage for equipment, and be
     more secure to prevent vandalism.

     Estimated Cost:   $25,000

4.   Replace Cedar shingle siding on clubhouse. The
     present siding is original, and is peeling off,
     and rotting.

     Estimated Cost:   $10,000

                  Fiscal Year 2003

5.   Complete irrigation system to include fairways and
     areas that do not have irrigation presently. The
     system now only covers greens, tees, and
     approaches. The system is supplied by our own
     pond, and two wells on the property.

     Estimated Cost:   Unknown at this time.

6.   Repave Parking Lot. The asphalt is chipping,
     bubbling, and peeling up. It is becoming unsafe,
     and an eye sore.

     Estimated Cost:   Unknown at this time.

                  Fiscal Year 2004

7.   Reconstruct the ninth fairway, this fairway is
     unlevel and loaded with rock and ledge.

     Estimated Cost:   $40,000
    8.   Increase sizes of several teeing areas. Our tees
         are too small and do not hold up well to the
         increasing amount of play. We would like to add
         to our tee boxes on a yearly basis.

         Estimated Cost:   $10,000

                      Fiscal Year 2005

    9.   Continuing teeing area reconstruction.

         Estimated Cost:   $10,000

    10. Replace septic system.

         Estimated Cost:   $50,000

                      Fiscal Year 2006

    11. Add third irrigation well to keep up our
        irrigation demands.

         Estimated Cost:   $10,000

    12. Continue teeing are reconstruction.

         Estimated Cost:   $10,00

III: COUNCIL ON AGING: The new building will be
completed and occupied by November 2000.

IV: FIRE: The Town is well aware that our Central, and
only, Fire Station is woefully inadequate. It was built in
1927 with an addition in 1970. Today, there is not enough
space to house our equipment and staff.

The long range plan of the Town has been to construct two
other stations to add to our existing Central Station: one
in West Stoughton and one in North Stoughton.

    A:   New Headquarters Station – West Stoughton

    The 1996 Annual Town meeting funded 1.8 million for the
    design and construction of a new headquarters station
    in West Stoughton, on Central Street at the corner of
    Brook Street. The purpose of the station is to shorten
    response to our most populated section of Town without
jeopardizing response to other sections of Town. This
will also become the department’s headquarters
containing office space, staff facilities, and training
spaces. This will reduce the existing overcrowding at
the Central Station and significantly reduce the costs
of modernizing the Central Station. The project was
put to bid in the spring of 1998. The low bidder was
approximately $400,000 higher than the current
appropriation.

The 1998 Annual Town Meeting did not approve the
request for additional funds.

The Board of Selectmen proposed a study of several
alternative sites and a redesign of the building.
After considerable study and discussion, the Board of
Selectmen voted to stay with the site on Central Street
at Brook Street. The 1999 Annual Town Meeting
appropriated an additional $400,000 to build the
redesigned station. The project has been bid and
construction is now underway.

B:   Central Fire Station – Freeman Street

With the construction of the West Stoughton Fire
Station expected to be completed by April 2001,
attention must be turned to the existing Freeman Street
Station. A study must be funded to develop Preliminary
Plans for remodeling the station. Most windows have
been replaced along with the garage doors and in 1998
the entire roof was stripped and replaced. In 2000,
Town Meeting approved the installation of an Exhaust
Removal system to limit further deterioration of the
building.

The living and work areas are in desperate need of
attention. We should be considering central heating
and air conditioning in addition to lowering ceilings
in order to reduce annual energy cost.

Cost for hiring an architect for this phase is
$25,000.00.

C:   North Stoughton Station

A station in North Stoughton is an excellent
opportunity for a jointly staffed station with the
Towns of Canton, Randolph and Avon. A mutual aid
agreement can reduce our yearly operating expenses and
    provide additional coverage for all our towns.
    Informal discussions have been held. One possibility
    is that each Town staff a shift. Equipment of an equal
    dollar amount can be provided by each Town.

    The second station (West Stoughton) should not require
    additional manpower and major additional apparatus. A
    third station (North Stoughton) may. But better
    facilities, including repair facilities, and less
    utilization of each vehicle should result in longer
    useful life spans thereby reducing and maybe even
    balancing out additional startup costs.

V: LIBRARY: During 1999 the Stoughton Public Library will
be celebrating it’s 30th anniversary at the current site at
84 Park Street. The Library was built in 1969 at a cost of
$625,960 and fully renovated in 1988 at a cost of $250,000.

The two most pressing needs for the immediate future are a
safe reliable handicap accessible elevator and increased
parking space. Funds were appropriated in 1999 to install a
new elevator and enter into first refusal agreements with
abutting property owner.

Design of the new elevator has just been received and the
cost estimates are higher than anticipated. Additional
information will be available soon.

Recommended Improvements:

     1. Infrastructure Improvements:
     a. The continued high usage of the Library has
increased the need for a Traffic light, with pedestrian walk
buttons, at the corner of Park and Walnut. Children and
adults, walking, biking, and pushing baby carriages have
great difficulty negotiating this intersection because of
the high volume of traffic. The Jones School on Walnut
Street also attracts foot traffic. This is a major safety
issue for the Town of Stoughton and needs to be carefully
considered.

Estimated Cost:   $100,000

     b. Now that the Library has been renovated per ADA
guidelines, one of the remaining concerns is the sidewalks
on Walnut and Park which run along two sides of the
building. The current sidewalks are a combination of
asphalt and rubble, with cracks and bumps, making passage
difficult for those in wheelchairs or walking aids. New
concrete sidewalks with granite curbs are requested to make
this greatly needed improvement to access and appearance to
the Library. With the new sidewalks around Faxon Park, it
highlights the disrepair of Library sidewalks.

     2. Adjacent Property Purchase: Lack of available
parking remains the most pressing issue for the library.
With 23 employees, several programs daily, and increased use
of the Wales French community room, finding a place to park
has become a major problem. Although we offer additional
parking up Walnut Street at the Jones School, many patrons
are unable to walk that distance and are reluctant to walk
there in the early darkness of the winter months. The
Library is attempting to make first refusal agreements with
the two adjacent homeowners on either side of the library.
Acquisition of either of these properties would allow the
library to expand parking and possibly building size in the
future. This building is in excellent condition. The
purchase of adjacent property would allow the library to
provide many additional years of service at its current
site, with minimal cost to the community.

     3. Window Washing: Cleaning the 86 windows of varying
size, which all have storm windows bolted to the exterior of
the building, requires a professional contractor. This job
will require scaffolding and much care. The windows have
not been cleaned since the storm windows were installed.

     4.   Engraved Quotes: The Trustees would like to bring
to completion the original design of the building, which
included quotes from famous writers regarding the importance
of libraries and books. These quotes would be engraved on
the four concrete bays along the front of the library.

Estimated Cost:   $8,000

     5.   Carpet Replacement: Now more than 30 years old,
the Library has been well maintained and remains in very
good condition. The carpet, which is wall to wall in all
areas of the building except for the book stacks, work room
and meeting room will require replacement in the near
future. The high traffic areas in the Children’s room and
inside and surrounding the main desk have been recently
replaced with carpet tiles. The entire library was re-
carpeted in 1991 at a cost of $75,970. This is now fraying
at the seams and buckling up in many areas, and needs to be
replaced.
Estimated Cost:   $75,000

     6.   Light Fixture Upgrade: All ceiling light fixtures
on the first floor of the Library have been upgraded to
energy efficient units in the past 5 years, with a
significant savings to the town in electricity costs.
Replacement of all light fixtures on the second floor with
similar energy efficient units will improve the quality of
lighting and provide savings to the town. Retrofit grants
will be investigated for this project. If none are
available,

Estimated Cost:   $10,000

     7.   Ceiling Tile Replacement: After 30 years of use,
the ceiling tiles on the second floor of the Library are
beginning to show signs of age by buckling and
deteriorating. Replacement of the ceiling tiles will
improve safety and appearance.

Estimated Cost:   $???

VI: LUCIUS CLAPP: The Lucius Clapp Building was
constructed in 1903 as the Stoughton Public Library. When
the new library building opened in 1968, this building
became the home of the Stoughton Historical Society and
other civic organizations such as the Old Stoughton Musical
Society. A major renovation of this building was also
completed approximately seven years ago.

At present, the building is in excellent shape, although
some work needs to be done. In FY96 funds were appropriated
to update the electrical system, which was essentially the
same as the original system. Funds were appropriated in
2000 to recaulk and paint the exterior of the windows.
There are also no storm windows on this building.

The Historical Society operates an excellent museum and
offers safe depository for our Town’s history. In addition,
many other civic groups use this building. The building is
a “cornerstone” of Stoughton Square and will be complemented
by whatever improvements may be made in the Square.

The Historical Society maintains the interior of the
building.

VI: MBTA RAILROAD STATION: Twenty years ago the Town
established the Railroad Restoration Committee to restore
the Stoughton Railroad Station, which was in deplorable
condition at the time. Using privately raised funds, Town
funds, and grants from the MBTA, the building was restored
by 1984. The Town continues to lease the building from the
MBTA. It is used as a commuter rail station in the mornings
and is otherwise available for civic use during the day and
on weekends.

As time passes, every building needs repairs to remain in
top condition. Presently, the slate roof needs repairs and
the roof leaks around the skylights. Town Meeting has
appropriated $35,000 for this work. However, the Town’s
lease has expired and a renewal is still being negotiated.
The MBTA has denied our request to deed this property to the
Town. Repairs are needed immediately. The Town has been
awarded a grant of $225,000 to repair the building in
concert with the MBTA. However this is now in jeopardy
because of the stalled lease negotiations.

VII:    PUBLIC WORKS:

       A.   CENTRAL FACILITY: The present public works
            facility at 950 Central Street is being utilized
            beyond maximum capacity. The office space is too
            small and facilities for the employees are
            virtually non-existent. The mechanic’s area
            has only two bays for three mechanics, who are
            responsible for over l20 major pieces of rolling
            equipment, including all police cruisers and town
            vehicles. Much of our equipment has to be stored
            outdoors. This reduces the useful life and
            increases damage due to vandalism.

            A thorough study of how to improve the DPW
            facility at its present location was recently
            completed. The study lists approximately $1.5
            million in improvements that can be phased in over
            several years. However, the report strongly
            recommends purchase of the lot next door in order
            to provide sufficient room and this has been done.

            Town Meeting has appropriated funds to renovate
            the Public Works Department at its present
            location. All indications are that we will remain
            at our present location and upgrade the present
            facility in the near future.

       B. ROADS:
1. Turnpike Street Reconstruction: The Town’s
   responsibility to design this project has been
   completed. Mass Highway is responsible for
   construction. Construction is underway should
   be completed this year.

2. Stoughton Square: The Town should also consider
   doing extensive work in Stoughton Square. Water
   services, sprinkler systems, sidewalks, traffic
   controls and other improvements should be
   considered in the near future. Placing all
   utilities underground will dramatically improve
   the Square’s appearance.

3. Route 27: The Town needs to consider improving
   Route 27 in the West Street/Island Street area.
   Because of the hills and curves, more is needed
   than traffic lights. Traffic is very heavy in
   this area and the Island Street intersection is
   especially difficult. Conceptual plans have
   been developed.

4. School and Canton Streets: This intersection is
   very dangerous. A study needs to be made of all
   options and costs.

5. Central and Pearl Streets: Traffic backups
   are very common here. A study needs to be done
   to design a better signalization plan. The
   current roadway is too narrow for effective left
   turn lanes.

6. Other Roads and Streets: In recent years, the
   State has funded extensive resurfacing and
   sealing. But for too many years since
   Proposition 2 1/2 began, we did not have funds
   to keep our roads in proper repair. Hopefully,
   the present level of state funding will continue
   and we can catch up.

7. Sidewalks: Until recently, state money could not
   be used for sidewalk repair. Even now, there are
   limits on what the state will fund. We have been
   replacing many sidewalks as the roads themselves
   have been resurfaced. If we had our own
   equipment and funds for materials, we could do a
   lot more. Much needs to be done, especially on
   the residential streets.
        Funds will be requested to construct four new
        sidewalks where no sidewalks currently exist:

        1. Pleasant Street: Beginning at the end of the
        existing sidewalk near Pine Street and continuing
        to the new sidewalk now under construction at
        Turnpike Street.

        2. Central Street: Between Tosca Drive and the
        railroad tracks. This will connect the existing
        sidewalks.

        3.   Cushing Street between School Street Place
        and Central Street.

        4. Simpson Street between Central Street and
        Cushing Street.

C.   WATER:

     1. Existing Water Supply Facilities:

        In addition to the Town’s four standpipes,
        seven wells with pump stations, the Town owns 150
        miles of underground water pipes to bring the
        finest quality drinking water to over 8,000
        customers.

        All of our “above ground” facilities,
        especially the standpipes, are examined by
        experts annually. The standpipes will need
        repairs within the next couple of years. Pumping
        station repairs are budgeted annually as a
        department expense with 2-3 wells rejuvenated
        each year. In particular, extensive
        repairs have been necessary at the Pratts Court
        Treatment Plant.

        The Town completed a thorough study of
        our water distribution system. This report
        details significant improvements that are needed
        to our “underground” system. The 1998 Annual
        Town Meeting appropriated $1.4 million to begin
        this work. This work will commence in 2000.

        During the summer of 1995, significant problems
        developed with the Harris Pond Wellfield.
        Pumping capacity has been significantly reduced.
     The MWRA connection had to be utilized in 1997
     because of the high demand and lack of rainfall.
     Fortunately, we experienced smaller water demand
     in the Summer of 1998 and did not need to use the
     MWRA connection. The drought of 1999 caused
     considerable problems due again to the lack of
     water. The M.W.R.A. connection had to be
     activated. A consultant engineer was hired and
     the well has been installed. This wellfield is
     over fifty years old so it is not surprising
     that, even with proper maintenance, a complete
     reconstruction is necessary.

     The December 1,1997 Special Town Meeting has
     appropriated up to 2.9 million to construct a new
     well and treatment plant, if needed.
     Construction began in late Fall, 1998. At this
     time, the water quality is such that a treatment
     plant will not be needed. The new water station
     has been bid and should be completed in 2000.

2:   Future Water Supply Expansion:

     The Special Town meeting in December, l994 voted
     overwhelmingly to not join the MWRA water
     system. This means that the Town must continue
     to develop the Cedar Swamp Wellfield. Town
     Meeting appropriated $600,000 to obtain all the
     needed permits and to design the facility. This
     work is ongoing now. Funds were also
     appropriated ($800,000) to purchase the land, all
     of which is privately owned. Construction could
     approach an additional three (3) million dollars,
     with no state and federal aid available at this
     time. On September 9, 1999, the Water Resource
     Commission voted to disapprove the Interbasin
     Transfer thus halting further progress of this
     wellfield.

     The Town will need additional water supplies.
     Desalinization and the MWRA are our few remaining
     options. Bedrock well exploration has not
     discovered any new source. Development of a
     wellfield jointly with the Town of Canton has
     also been shown to not be feasible.

     A: More specifically, a contract was awarded
     for deep rock well exploration and that work has
     been completed. Five wells were driven in
     several areas in the vicinity of Glen Echo Lake.
     We were not successful in funding water
     sufficient to develop a municipal well.
     Analysis of other potential sites did not meet
     the engineering standards for future
     exploration.

     B: Funding was also approved to study the
     feasibility of constructing a well in Stoughton
     on land owned by the Town of Canton between
     Washington and Pearl Streets. This study has
     concluded that there is not sufficient water in
     this area to develop a municipal well. Had
     there been sufficient water, a treatment plant
     would most likely have been needed. The plan
     was to construct a plant jointly with the Town
     of Canton that would have also treated water
     from Canton’s Wardwell Well.

3.   Improvements - Water Distribution System
     In June, 1994, the Town completed its study of
     our water distribution systems. As part of that
     study, the Town’s consultant prioritized a two
     phase program to improve the transmission system
     and correct currently deficient fire flows. The
     first phase represents new water mains which will
     improve the ability of the system to correct
     currently deficient fire flows. The second phase
     is to rehabilitate, through replacement,
     cleaning, or lining, the cast iron mains where
     the distribution of water is severely reduced.
     This results in less water pressure for our
     customers. The report also details many smaller
     mains that should be replaced, rehabed, or
     abandoned. A separate recommendation is included
     to provide water mains for the Ames Pond Area.

     The cost estimates listed below are for 1994
     dollars and construction history. They assume
     construction by outside contractors. We are
     convinced that, if we had sufficient staff, Town
     forces could accomplish this task at
     significantly less cost. The Town should
     consider employing our own construction crew who
     would exclusively work on making these
     improvements. We can hire people, buy equipment,
     and borrow money at less cost than private
     contractors. Our fringe benefits are less
     and we do not make a profit.
                 RECOMMENDED WATER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS

            Phase I             9,200 feet     $ 811,000
            Phase II           34,600 feet     $2,422,000
            Smaller Main Rehab 77,160 feet          -
            Ames Pond Area     25,900 feet     $2,238,000

            Total               146,860 feet   $5,471,000
                               (27.81 miles)

            The Town has begun funding these improvements
            in fiscal 98. $1.4 million was approved to
            cement line many of our older water lines. This
            work has to be performed by a private contractor.
            Cement lining is necessary to insure the quality
            of water meets all requirements without the need
            of adding additional chemicals to the water
            supply. A construction firm has been hired to
            start this work which will be completed in 2000.

D. SEWER:

       1: Existing Facilities:

            A:   Maintenance of the collection system - Ground
                 Water Infiltration

            The Town operates eight sewer pumping stations
            and 85 miles of underground pipes. All
            our flow is directed towards West Stoughton
            where it connects to the MWRA system.

            The MWRA maintains - and reads - two flow meters
            in this location. Because the MWRA now assesses
            us primarily on sewer flows, it is essential
            that we continue to “tighten” up our system in
            order to reduce our MWRA assessment. At present,
            on a dry day, over one million gallons of
            groundwater enters our system every day. During
            wet weather, this can increase to 2 to 4 million
            gallons of clear, clean groundwater a day! We
            are paying the MWRA to treat this clean water!
            Every community has this problem. Ours is more
            serious because many of our trunk lines are
            below wetlands and below groundwater levels.

            If we do not spend money to plug these leaks, we
            will spend even more to pay the MWRA to treat
           this clean water! The solution is to spend money
           now to help keep future assessments down. Be
           assured that Boston and other large communities
           are already making major efforts to reduce their
           flows and their share of the MWRA. During FY94,
           Stoughton spent approximately $250,000 to replace
           the Drake Avenue sewer because it was one long
           leak”. During FY95 we invested another $250,000
           to fix broken pipes and leaks. Further funds
           were appropriated in FY96 and FY97 to continue
           this work. Studies are ongoing now in two areas
           of Stoughton where I&I is especially high. Funds
           ($400,000) were appropriated in 1998 to implement
           these recommendations. The success of the work
           is already showing: we have reduced our flows
           more than many other communities. This will
           result in lower MWRA assessments.

           To date this work has been funded primarily by
           grants and “I and I” fees. These sources may not
           be sufficient. Last year we took advantage of
           the MWRA interest free loan program of $350,000
           to Stoughton. Hopefully this will continue in
           future years. We need to take advantage of this
           program in order to cost effectively reduce our
           flows.

    2:     New Facilities:
           Due to the high betterment assessments and MWRA
           charges, it is highly unlikely that the present
           system will be significantly expanded beyond its
           present bounds.

           However, due to increased regulations on septic
           systems, residents may be petitioning to extend
           the sewer onto individual streets within the
           present system.

VIII:    RECREATION:

    1.    Recreational Facilities: In 1988, the Town
          completely renovated the West School Athletic
          Complex (WSAC). Private funds were raised to
          build the C.A.P.P. playground at the Jones
          School. Several P.T.O.’s at the elementary
          schools have purchased, or are in the process of
          purchasing, playground equipment. STOYAC has
          redeveloped the fields at the end of Voses Court
     into a Pop Warner Football field. Youth soccer
     has improved the soccer fields off West Street.
     Little League continues to maintain their
     complex. Several other groups maintain other
     Town recreational facilities. The Town itself
     has invested very little in recreational
     facilities, other than our golf course, which in
     reality is also privately funded.

     The Halloran Park project is out to bid. Upon
     receipt of a low bidder and a contract signing
     work, the renovation project will begin. Included
     in this project is the comfort station at the West
     School Athletic Complex.

2.   Community Center – As far fetched as this may seem
     to some, communities the size of Stoughton often
     have Community Center Facilities which house Human
     Services for the aging (Senior Center), teens
     (Drop-In Centers), and children. These facilities
     often contain an indoor pool which is utilized by
     the entire community, including the schools. Such
     a facility contributes to the quality of life and
     the ability of the community to provide for its
     citizens. Such a proposal would need serious
     study resulting in a plan from which designs could
     be drafted.

     The Senior Center now under construction will
     solve the needs of our senior citizens. The Town
     needs to decide if it wants a facility to service
     the needs of all of our Human Service Departments
     and Agencies.

     FY2002 – Formulate a study committee charged
     with the needs assessment, feasibility, and
     drafting a proposal.

     FY2003 – Utilizing study committee’s proposal,
     hire an architectural firm to design a facility
     and provide cost estimates.

     FY2004 – Utilizing cost estimates, accept bids to
     construct such a facility and employ a contractor
     to do the work.

3.   Ames Pond – The Ames Pond Committee, which is not
     a town Committee, has been studying ways to
         improve the Ames Pond Beach area and pond itself.
         The pond is slowly being choked with weeds
         and it will be very expensive to do this
         work because state funds that have been
         authorized for this work were canceled
         several years ago. Grants may be available. But
         they never cover the full cost of the project.

    4.   Flotation System – The flotation system (docks) at
         Ames Pond are in need of replacement. The
         Alumidock system takes a heavy beating during the
         installation and removal process each spring and
         fall. Purchased in 1984, the existing system
         needs to be replaced this year. A new flotation
         system will cost approximately $18,000.

    5.   The Town’s Open Space and Recreation Plan as of
          December 1, 1998 analyzes the inventory of
          recreational facilities available to our
          residents. Using a survey of resident opinion,
          the Plan concludes that people are generally
          satisfied with the extent of recreational
          facilities available to children but believe that
          the number and type of facilities available to
          adults could be improved.

    6.    Hansen School/Chemung Hill Area – This property
         is a critical piece to the Town’s ability to
         permit various youth and adult groups to use field
         space. The lack of fencing has allowed motor
         vehicle access and causes deep ruts in the turf.
         A joint school/town effort should be made to
         renovate the parking surfaces and to control
         dangerous use of the hill.

         FY2002 – Hire an architectural firm to prepare a
         master plan and cost estimates for renovations.

         FY2003 – Secure funding, construction bids, and
         contract work for renovations.

IX: TOWN HALL: When completed in 1886, this structure
contained the Town offices, the Police department, the Fire
department and the Town Hall, complete with stage and
balcony.

The Town Hall renovation was completed on 1989 and the
building is in excellent condition. In FY98, funding was
approved to paint the exterior of the building. Necessary
repairs to the wood were made and caulking replaced. This
project was completed in September, 1998.

Two major items are of importance; both of which
are maintenance items.

 1.    Painting -

            a)   Interior - Certain offices and sections
                 of the interior need to be repainted in
                 order to keep the appearance clean and
                 fresh. Some areas of the building will
                 need professional expertise. This is
                 recommended for FY2002.

                 Cost estimates are not available at this
                 time.

             2. Carpeting - The carpeting is professionally
                cleaned once a year. But stains are
                occurring that do not come out. And wear is
                showing in some areas. An incredible number
                of people use this building five days and
                four nights each week. The first floor
                hallway carpet was replaced in 1997. Funds
                were available to replace the third floor
                hallway carpets in late 1998. Office
                carpets replacement will begin in FY2000 and
                should be continued in FY2001 and FY2002.
                This funding has been included in the Town
                Hall operating budget.

X:   YOUTH COMMISSION:

Recommended Improvements

1.    Computer upgrading of old computer donated to us by
      Chief Dineen and purchase of software computer tools
      used with children for counseling.

      Estimated cost:      $3,250.00

2.    Two part-time counselors for Adventure-based activities
      (to replace one social worker) that are in the process
      and planning stages in collaboration with Assistant
      Superintendent Prudence Goodale and SPED Director Joe
      Matta. Some hours would be scheduled for weekly
     classroom work in the SPED High School Program
     throughout the school calendar year. Some hours would
     be scheduled for after school programs. These two
     part-timers would cost less than a licensed social
     worker and would not require the same benefits package.
     Their specialties in challenge and outdoor adventure
     would instill in the at-risk student the rewards of
     perseverance, the benefits of initiative, leadership,
     communication, cooperation, calculated risk taking, and
     trust. Their goal in this prevention work with middle
     and high school youth would be to positively impact
     adolescents who are seeking to make a change in their
     lives and to develop personal leadership for making the
     right choices.

     We currently pay for consultants from Hale Reservation
     in Westwood and Horizons for Youth in Sharon to assist
     us with this type of programming.

     Estimated cost:     $18,000 for each individual
                         counselor

3.   Recommended schedule for Community Center described in
     Recreation Section Inclusion of Human Service Agencies
     such as the Youth Commission:

     FY2002    Needs assessment, feasibility study, and
     drafted proposal.
     FY2003    Design for facility and estimates for costs.
     FY2004    Bidding and contracting for construction.

     Include space for three social work counselors and two
     interns from local schools of social work. On
     additional office and storage space should be included
     in plans. The first intern office can include storage
     space. We have been gathering a small book collection
     for our Parent Library Corner on parenting teens and
     preteens and other topics important to busy working
     parents. This Parent Corner can be housed in the room
     for the second intern to be accessible both before and
     after counseling sessions.
       MAJOR FACILITIES IMPROVEMENT SUMMARY
      (Not Necessarily in Order of Priority)

                      FY2002

1. Approve and fund regional solution to water supply
   shortage.

2. Continue improvements of the sewer system to
  reduce groundwater infiltration (I&I).

3. Develop plans to modernize the existing Fire
  Station on Freeman Street.

4.Continue improvements to the water distribution
   system.

5.Fund sidewalk construction.

6.Additional funding to bring certain buildings into
  compliance with ADA requirements.

                      FY2003

1. Additional funding to bring remaining building
   and facilities into ADA compliance.

2. Continue improvements of the sewer system to
   reduce groundwater infiltration (I&I).

3. Modernize the Central Fire Station.

4. Develop plans for a Fire station in North
   Stoughton.

                      FY2004

1. Fund the design of a Fire station in North
   Stoughton.
2. Continue improvements of the sewer system to reduce
  groundwater infiltration (I&I).
3.Fund Highway Construction.
4.Additional funding to bring certain buildings into
  compliance with ADA requirements.
                            PART II

                           EQUIPMENT
                         Fiscal Year 2002
                           Assessors
1) Replace microfiche (read/print) machine. This office
   currently has a large amount of data required by law to
   be kept on a permanent basis. This data has been copied
   to microfiche form in order to aid in the storage
   problem. Other Town Offices and the public require
   access to this information.
   Estimated Cost: $2,500

2) Replace 1994 copy machine. This machine is constantly
   being serviced and has just about reached then end of
   its useful life.
   Estimated Cost: $5,000

3) Computer equipment. All daily and revaluation data
   processing is done in house. Hardware is outdated and
   very slow for our needs. This office has four work
   stations and a public access counter station. Two work
   stations are in need of upgrading now.
   Estimated Cost: $3,000

                         Fiscal Year 2003

1) Computer equipment.    Remaining work stations need to be
   upgraded.

   Estimated Cost:   $3,000

                         Fiscal Year 2004

1) Computer equipment. Printer will need to be replaced as
   a high volume of work is processed on it.

   Estimated Cost:   $4,000

2) Computer equipment. Main server for assessment program
   will need to be upgraded.

   Estimated Cost:   $4,800
                      Fiscal Year 2002

                         Cedar Hill
1) Replace two 1990 walk-behind greensmowers.

   Estimated Cost:   $11,000

2) Replace front-line finish mower.

   Estimated Cost:   $20,000

                       Fiscal Year 2003

3) Purchase a bedknife grinder. We do not presently have a
   bedknife grinder. We need to grind over 20 bedknifes
   when sharpening. Presently we send out our knifes to be
   sharpened at $20.00 a bedknife. Some bedknifes get
   sharpened 3-4 times a year.

   Estimated Cost:   $6,000

4) Replace 1998 fairway mower.

  Estimated Cost:    $30,000

                       Fiscal Year 2004

1) Replace triplex rough, and tee mower.

   Estimated Cost:   $20,000

2) Replace 1994 rough gang style mower.

   Estimated Cost:   $20,000

                       Fiscal Year 2005

1) Replace 1985 utility and topdressing vehicle.

   Estimated Cost:   20,000

                       Fiscal Year 2006

1) Replace two 1994 walk behind greensmowers.

   Estimated Cost:   $12,000
                       Council on Aging
                        Fiscal Year 2002

1.   Additional Vehicle: Purchase a new van. This vehicle
     needs to be equipped with a wheelchair lift and the
     appropriate seating arrangement to accommodate at least
     two wheelchairs at the same time.

     Estimated cost:    $40,000

2.   Computer Equipment: Replace and update computer
     equipment. We currently have five computers and one
     server. As technology changes, we want to keep our
     equipment up to date with appropriate hardware and
     software to stay productive.

     Estimated cost:    $1,500

                        Fiscal Year 2003

1.   Vehicle Replacement: Replace the 1995 Dodge Ram Van
     with a model identical to the 1997 Ford vehicle. This
     vehicle needs to be equipped with a wheelchair lift and
     the appropriate seating arrangement to accommodate at
     least two wheelchairs at the same time. This vehicle’s
     useful life will expire by the end of Fiscal Year 2002.
     We estimate that by the end of FY2002, this vehicle
     will have approximately 100,000 miles.

     Estimated cost:    $39,000

2.   Computer Equipment: Replace and update computer
     equipment. We currently have five computers and one
     server. As technology changes, we want to keep our
     equipment up to date with appropriate hardware and
     software to stay productive.

     Estimated cost = $2,000

                        Fiscal Year 2004

1.   Vehicle Replacement: Replace the 1996 Ford Econoline
     Van with a model identical to the newest vehicle we
     obtained. This vehicle needs to be equipped with a
     wheelchair lift and the appropriate seating arrangement
     to accommodate at least two wheelchairs at the same
     time. This vehicle’s useful life will expire by the
     end of Fiscal Year 2003. We estimate that by the end
     of FY2003, this vehicle will have over 100,000 miles.

     Estimated cost = $40,000

2.   Computer Equipment: Replace and update computer
     equipment. We currently have five computers and one
     server. As technology changes, we want to keep our
     equipment up to date with appropriate hardware and
     software to stay productive.

     Estimated cost = $2,000

                      Fiscal Year 2005

1.   Vehicle Replacement: Replace the 1997 Ford Econoline
     Van with a model identical to the newest vehicle we
     obtained. This vehicle needs to be equipped with a
     wheelchair lift and the appropriate seating arrangement
     to accommodate at least two wheelchairs at the same
     time. This vehicle’s useful life will expire by the
     end of Fiscal Year 2004. We estimate that by the end
     of FY2004, this vehicle will have over 100,000 miles.

     Estimated cost = $40,000

2.   Computer Equipment: Replace and update computer
     equipment. We currently have five computers and one
     server. As technology changes, we want to keep our
     equipment up to date with appropriate hardware and
     software to stay productive.

     Estimated cost = $2,000

3.   Furniture Replacement: After occupying the senior
     center for five years, some of the furniture will be
     damaged and in need of replacement.

     Estimated cost = $5,000

                      Fiscal Year 2006
1.   Additional Vehicle – Purchase a Mini Bus with a model
     identical to the existing vehicle we obtained in
     FY2000. This vehicle needs to be equipped with a
     wheelchair lift and the appropriate seating arrangement
     to accommodate at least two wheelchairs at the same
     time.
       Estimated cost = $60,000

2.     Computer Equipment: Replace and update computer
       equipment. We currently have five computers and one
       server. As technology changes, we want to keep our
       equipment up to date with appropriate hardware and
       software to stay productive.

       Estimated cost = $2,000

3.     Furniture Replacement: After occupying the senior
       center for six years, some of the furniture will be
       damaged and in need of replacement.

       Estimated cost = $5,000

                        Fiscal Year 2007

1.     Vehicle Replacement: Replace the 1999 Ford Mini Bus
       with a model identical to the newest vehicle we
       obtained. This vehicle needs to be equipped with a
       wheelchair lift and the appropriate seating arrangement
       to accommodate at least two wheelchairs at the same
       time. This vehicle’s useful life will expire by the
       end of Fiscal Year 2007. We estimate that by the end
       of FY2007, this vehicle will have over 100,000 miles.

       Estimated cost = $60,000

2.     Computer Equipment: Replace and update computer
       equipment. We currently have five computers and one
       server. As technology changes, we want to keep our
       equipment up to date with appropriate hardware and
       software to stay productive.

       Estimated cost = $2,000

3.     Furniture Replacement: After occupying the senior
       center for seven years, some of the furniture will be
       damaged and in need of replacement.

                       FIRE DEPARTMENT
                        Fiscal Year 2002

     1. Purchase (4) portable Repair Lifts for vehicle
        maintenance. These lifts are portable enough to move
  from inside to outside and between the two stations.
  They can be used on all of the vehicles, from cars to
  ladders, for working under the vehicle. There are
  circumstances when vehicles have to be repaired outside
  and need to be lifted up to make those repairs.

  Estimated Cost:   $20,000.00

2. Refurbish the 1988 E-ONE ladder truck. This vehicle
   will be 14 years old and in need of bodywork and paint.
   This will extend the life of this vehicle another 5-6
   years. The vehicle continues to operate without
   problems and is in good mechanical condition.

  Estimated Cost:   $60,000.00

3. Continue ongoing replacement of equipment, hose, tools
   and protective clothing replacement. Included in this
   figure is the updating of the computer network and
   software.

  Estimated Cost:   $40,000.00

4. Replace the radio system and communications desk to
   update the systems that handle and assign the emergency
   calls that are received at the fire station. The
   current console is at least 35 years old and needs to
   be better organized. The wiring is old, fragile, and
   causing electrical short circuits. In addition, the
   radio system should be upgraded to better serve the
   community and improve firefighter safety with
   technology that will be available in this year.

  Estimated Cost:   $75,000.00

                    FISCAL YEAR 2003

1. Replace the 1988 Ambulance. This ambulance was placed
   in the reserve position in FY99. By being in reserve,
   this ambulance has generally been used when one of the
   other ambulances is being repaired. We have been able
   to extend its life an additional five years. The 1999
   Freightliner will be placed into reserve for at least
   five more. It will also increase the overall life span
   of the ambulance fleet because the three ambulances can
   be rotated.

  Estimated Cost:   $145,000.00
2. Replace the 1984 Service Truck with a new 4-wheel drive
   Pickup with a utility body. This vehicle responds to
   all working fires, extended mutual aid fires and all
   major brush fires. It has been used by the mechanic
   quite effectively and is in need of replacement to
   maintain its readiness to respond to incidents.

  Estimated Cost:   $26,000.00

3. Continue ongoing protective clothing replacement.

  Estimated Cost:   $18,000.00

                     FISCAL YEAR 2004

1. Purchase a 4 Wheel Drive Suburban to replace the 1997
   Suburban that is being used as the Shift Commanders
   vehicle. This vehicle responds to all major incidents
   in the town to function as the Incident Commander. The
   used vehicle will be utilized by the Training and
   Safety Officer and the 1988 Crown Victoria will be
   eliminated.

  Estimated Cost:   $38,000.00

2. Continue the ongoing replacement of equipment including
   the replacement of protective clothing and update
   computers.

  Estimated Cost:   $30,000.00

3. Replace the 1984 Ladder Truck. This vehicle was
   refurbished in 1996 and the engine was replaced in
   2000. This vehicle can be sold as is to offset the
   cost of the new ladder and could be worth as much as
   $125,000.00. The new ladder being proposed is a 110
   Ft. Ladder, no pump, on a single axle chassis.

  Estimated Cost:   $525,000.00

                     FISCAL YEAR 2005

1. Replace 1997 GMC Jimmy’s that were purchased in 1997
   and are currently assigned to the Deputy Chiefs.

  Estimated Cost:   $55,000.00

2. Continue with the ongoing replacement of equipment
   including the replacement of protective clothing.
  Estimated Cost:   $20,000.00

3. Replace the 1984 Pumper. This vehicle has been in
   reserve after being a front line pumper for 16 years.
   Purchasing a new pumper will allow E1 a 1996 pumper to
   be placed in reserve for a 10-year period. The 1984
   pumper still has an open cab that is not allowed by
   standards since 1989.

  Estimated Cost:   $325,000.00

                     FISCAL YEAR 2006

1. Replace the 1999 Freightliner Ambulance with another
   Ambulance on a Freightliner Chassis. This vehicle will
   have been on the road for 3 years longer than most have
   in the past. It will place the 2000 Ambulance in
   reserve to extend its life 2 additional years.

  Estimated Cost:   $150,000.00

2. Purchase a new Brush Truck to replace the 1994 Brush
   Truck. This vehicle was used as the primary brush
   truck since its purchase.

  Estimated Cost:   $70,000.00

3. Continue ongoing replacement of protective clothing,
   hose, updating SCBA and computers.

  Estimated Cost:   $40,000.00

            ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT
                      Fiscal Year 2002

  The Engineering Department requests an extended cab
  pickup truck to be used for surveying and construction
  inspections. This vehicle will be capable of
  transporting survey equipment and a crew for various
  Town projects. Currently, the department uses old
  police cruisers, which have difficulty maneuvering off
  road, and only have the trunk for storing equipment. A
  small truck with a covered bed or a cap will be ideal
  for transporting equipment to remote sites.

  Estimated Cost:      $25,000
                     POLICE DEPARTMENT
                         Fiscal Year 2002

1.   Four cruisers, including radio and lighting
                                         $140,000
2.   Replacement of Computers            $ 9,000

3.   Heating/Air Conditioning Remodifications $ 20,000

4.   Portable Radios/accessories            $ 12,000

5.   Fencing & Gateway                      $ 10,000

6.   Video/Surveillance Equipment           $ 10,000

7.   Intoxilizer                            $   5,000

                         Fiscal Year 2003

1.   Four cruisers, including radio and lighting
                                         $140,000
2.   Replacement of Computers            $ 9,000

3.   Shed                                   $ 25,000

4.   Building/modifications                 $ 25,000

                         Fiscal Year 2004

1.   Four cruisers, including radio and lighting
                                        $140,000
2.   Replacement of Computers           $ 9,000

                         Fiscal Year 2005

1.   Four cruisers, including radio and lighting
                                        $140,000
2.   Replacement of Computers           $ 9,000

                         Fiscal Year 2006

1.   Four cruisers, including radio and lighting
                                        $140,000
2.   Replacement of Computers           $ 9,000
                PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT

                Highway & Administration
                        Fiscal Year 2002

1.   Replacement of Rubbish Packer (1983)

     Estimated Cost:    $155,000

2.   Replacement of Highway Department Loader (l978)

     Estimated Cost:    $140,000

                        Fiscal Year 2003

1.   Replacement of Two Sanders

2.   Replacement of Highway Dept. Crew Cab Dump (1988)

                        Fiscal Year 2004

1.   Replacement of Rubbish Packer (1986)

2.   Replacement of Forestry Pick-up Truck (1989)

                        Fiscal Year 2005

1.   Replacement of Highway Department Dump Truck (1984)

                        Fiscal Year 2006

1.   Replacement of a Rubbish Truck (1990)

                       Sewer Department
                        Fiscal Year 2002

1.   Replacement of Sewer Department Dump Truck (1971)

     Estimated Cost:    $110,000

                        Fiscal Year 2003
1.   Replacement of Sewer Dept. Rodding Machine (1987)

                        Fiscal Year 2004

1.   Replacement of a Step Van (1979)

                        Fiscal Year 2005

1.   Replacement of Road Compressor (1995)

                        Fiscal Year 2006

1.   Replacement of Dump Truck (1971)


                       Water Department
                        Fiscal Year 2002

1.    Replacement of Water Department Meter Van (1989)

     Estimated Cost:    $28,000

2.   Replacement of Water Department Utility Van (1988)

     Estimated Cost:    $90,000

                        Fiscal Year 2003

1.   Replacement of Water Dept. Compressor (1972)

2.   Replacement of Water Dept. Medium Duty Dump Truck
     (1988)

3.   Replacement of Water Department Dump Truck (1976)


                        Fiscal Year 2004

1.   Replacement of Water Department Pick-Up Truck (1995)

                        Fiscal Year 2005

1.   Replacement of Water Department Compressor (1988)

                        Fiscal Year 2006

1.   Replacement of Water Department Pick-up Truck (1997)
                       YOUTH COMMISSION

                        Fiscal Year 2003

1.   Vehicle: Purchase a new or used van to transport youth
     to fields for low and high ropes courses, to various
     community service sites and special programs.
     Currently we borrow town cars from the Engineering
     Department on an as-needed basis as staff will not
     drive without insurance coverage.

     Estimated Cost:    $40,000.00

2.   Computer Equipment: replace and update computer
     equipment in order to keep current with technology
     improvements. Our printer will need replacement at
     this time.

     Estimated cost:    $30,000.00

                        Fiscal Year 2004

1.   Computer Equipment: Replace and update computer
     equipment. Servicing and repair of copy machine.

     Estimated Cost:    $3,000.00

3.   Purchase of office desk and chairs for one additional
     office in new Community Center for a second intern from
     one of the local schools of social work. Shelving for
     Parent Library Corner should be included in this
     office.

     Estimated Cost: Not known at this time

                   Fiscal Year 2005-2007

1.   Computer Equipment: Replace and update as needed

2.   Servicing of transportation van as needed

     Estimated Costs:    Not known as this time.

				
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