Northfield prioritizes Town Hall projects
A resident exits the Northfield town hall building after completing town business STORY 11/5/10 MacDonald
NORTHFIELD — Several projects are planned for the Town Hall property, to make the most out of maintenance money before the fiscal year ends.
The town has $10,000 left in its building maintenance account, and almost $12,000 in planned Town Hall projects. The town could do them all, if costs are less than estimated.
The biggest project, estimated at $5,100, would re-pave the southern driveway at Town Hall, as well as a 25-by-25-foot adjacent gravel area in front of the Boy Scout building. For about $2,500, the town could pave the north driveway as well.
For $2,000, the Selectboard plans to have two water heaters installed in Town Hall, an 80-gallon tank for the kitchen, and a 20-gallon model for the bathrooms. Currently, Town Hall’s water is heated by the building’s furnace, which must run all year long to keep the building in hot water. Highway Department Superintendent Thomas Walker said shutting the boiler off and using independent water heaters is a surefire way to save the town money.
The town may also use $1,600 to replace a fence and gates around the building’s Dumpsters, and move fuel tanks to that location as well. Another $750 could replace another fence, which houses the building’s generator, though that item was of the lowest priority for the Selectboard, and may be put off to stay within the available $10,000.
Estimates were provided by Walker, and include materials only. Walker said his department would do the labor, and workers would be paid from the Highway department budget.
The Selectboard placed top priority on the paving projects and water heaters. If materials cost less than projected, however, the town may be able to do all the projects with money left in the fiscal year 2013 budget.