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Council OKs $1.5M for capital projects

School roofs, sidewalk repairs part of Greenfield spending plan

GREENFIELD — The town will soon begin repairing sidewalks in the Washington Street area, repairing a school roof and replacing another, purchasing some equipment it needs, repairing and replacing water mains throughout town, and doing the engineering it needs to repair Nashs Mill Road bridge.

Town Council has approved more than $1.5 million for capital projects in 2015. More than $1 million of that will be borrowed, while the rest will come from the town’s Capital Stabilization Account and its water and sewer accounts.

It will cost the town about $450,000 of the total to upgrade school security and technology, purchase some school vehicles, repair the roof on Green River School and replace the one on North Parish School.

Public works will purchase a mower and do some work at the town yard, as well as replace some guardrails in town and purchase some equipment. Public works will receive about $800,000 of the total.

The Recreation Department will spend about $113,000 to purchase a vehicle and a portable stage. The stage is expected to cost about $98,000, but the town says it will most likely allow other towns and entities to rent it, so it expects the stage will pay for itself in the long run.

The library will spend about $40,000 to paint the rear of the building and repair its front steps.

“I’m glad to see that we are being proactive with our capital budget, not reactionary,” said Town Council President Mark Wisnewski.

Fiscal Year 2015 will begin July 1.

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