Whately asked to approve capital projects

WHATELY — Nine projects worth $312,610 could give the town a new emergency generator and lighting at the school, a dump truck with a sander and a barrier gate and fence at Herhily Park.

Townspeople will be asked to approve the money at annual town meeting on April 29 at 7 p.m. The projects are recommended by the selectmen and Capital Planning Committee.

The projects are long overdue, having been pushed off year after year, selectmen said.

According to the draft town meeting agenda, proposed projects include:

∎ Purchase of a dump truck with a sander and plow for the Highway Department for $155,000. This is part of the 2015 Capital Improvement Plan.

∎ Window replacements at the S.W. Dickinson Library for $23,800.

∎ An update to the town code and creation of an online version for $12,550.

∎ Outside lighting at the Whately Elementary School for $16,110.

∎ A continuation of phase one of the transfer station project to repair the area around the recycling bins for $20,000. This amount would be in addition to the $20,000 approved in April 2012.

∎ An emergency generator and wiring at the elementary school for $60,000.

∎ Online version of maps and property record cards for $11,000.

∎ Installation of a foundation for dugouts that were donated from the town of Deerfield at Herlihy Park for $5,000.

∎ A replacement of the barrier gate and repair of the existing rail fence at Herlihy Park for $8,700.

The Finance Committee recommends all of the projects except the barrier gate and fence job at Herlihy Park.

You can reach Kathleen McKiernan at: kmckiernan@recorder.com or 413-772-0261 ext. 268.

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