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.