Article 10 town meeting 30 million for court house renovation

By the selectmen and finance committee Am I wrong ? To think 30 million is a insane sum to spend for a building for its historical value. It was built in 1820 why is 1820 worth 30 million dollars of importance. Are you trying to tell me new plumbing and electrical wiring even a new roof and windows cost 30 million. If we spend 30 million does it remain a historic building ?  Maybe we should make the board of selectman history, along with the finance committee. Give my your take on this
Valerie Williamson June 21, 2014 at 10:20 AM
It would only take 3 million not even . May be that 0 after the 3 is a typo error that some could try to get away with. The court house in my opinion is worth saving .To keep its integrity you would never have to spend 30 mil. Imagine the pocket lining. It would be like the Library that time they said cost for painting doors was 9000 or 10000 I don't remember exact. This is a situation once again that can insult the intelligence of the community. I also wish when the work is being done on this court house that local contactors Plumbers trying to do Honest work could have these contracts to keep things fair and help the local business . Also the people hired for the job of renovating the Court house should not be relatives of The selectmen or finance committee. I hate the word Nepotism.
Patrick Ryan June 21, 2014 at 03:44 PM
Valerie the 30 million figure was brought to my attention by a town meeting member. article 10 April 5 the selectman and finance committee both recommended it be approved. when I posted it ' no one commented, I did a rough estimate a million for a new roof, a million for new plumbing, a million for new wiring, another mill for windows, 2 million for office partitions, sand blast and repoint the brick another million, I still haven't reached 10 let alone 30 mill.Thanks for noticing my comment. Throw in 2 mill more for asbestos removal, I do not believe the historical value, rates the expense. Its not like they hung witches or even had a Dillinger type, tried there. They said they have to sell bonds to pay for overages of the 35 million. The place looks like a boondoggle to me.
Valerie Williamson June 21, 2014 at 10:25 AM
To Patrick Ryan Sorry for the late comment I just now read your post . I should try to keep up with these issues time to time
Paula DiCesare June 23, 2014 at 09:24 AM
How about getting estimates by contractors first?
Patrick Ryan June 23, 2014 at 10:28 AM
Paula My guesses are based on my being a retired licensed construction supervisor as I haven't looked at the building I could be off by 5 mill not 15 or 20


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