SANDOWN – The board of selectmen gave their go-ahead to the buildings maintenance and repair projects contemplated during last budget season. While the projects had already received approval during the budget review process by both the selectmen and budget committee, town administrator Lynne Blaisdell brought the projects before the board at the Monday, May 5 meeting to make sure all were still in agreement.
All projects received unanimous support, with selectmen saying that while they knew the proposed budget had failed in March, indicating a general voter desire for limited spending, the projects had to get done. Pushing them off further would only lead to higher costs, said selectmen Hans Nicolaisen and Cynthia Buco.
The largest ticket item on the list is the replacement of the garage doors on the fire station at an estimated cost of $11,600. It’s a project that has come before the town in previous years but was delayed in favor of other projects, and selectmen agreed it was wise to tackle it this year. Selectman Jim Devine explained that the current station doors are more than 30 years old and are not insulated. New doors are expected to lower heating costs.
“I’m torn because of the way the town voted. I know it’s a lot of money but if we don’t do it, it’s going to cost more next year,” said Nicolaisen.
A project to paint the ceiling and walls of the fire station comes in at an estimated $5,100.
The bathrooms on the lower level of town hall will be refurbished this year also. Blaisdell explained that the sinks, toilets and urinals have little to no porcelain left on them and as a result are difficult to clean and have become quite shabby in appearance. This is a project that has surfaced in previous years as well. The urinal also has mechanical issues as a result of wear and mineral buildup.
In addition to new toilets, urinal, sinks and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant faucets, the bathrooms will get new wallboard. Estimated cost for the two-bathroom project totals $2,600.
The town hall parking lot will get some crack filling and seal coating at an estimated cost of $2,000. Voters turned down a warrant article to pave and repair the lot, and the crack sealing and seal coat are aimed at keeping the lot from breaking up further, said Blaisdell.
Other projects include installation of wireless smoke detectors at town hall, painting of the town hall flag pole, replacing the well cap at the train depot, lawn fertilization and winterization of the sprinkler system at town hall, repair of a portion of the town hall’s roof, and painting and addition of grip for the handicap ramp there.
The board said that all projects within the town’s purchasing policy would go out to bid. Nicolaisen agreed to work with Blaisdell on putting those bids together and organizing the projects in coming weeks.
In other business at the May 5 meeting:
• Brian St. Amand was appointed to the Zoning Board of Adjustment on a recommendation from that board.