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Postby swamper on Thu Nov 18, 2010 7:12 pm

From TewksburyPatch:

http://tewksbury.patch.com/articles/as- ... heir-plate

As 2011 Approaches, Community Preservation Committee Has Plenty on Their Plate

Town Hall renovation highlights pending projects.

By Bill Gilman | Email the author | 5:39pm

For a committee that meets just once a month, the Community Preservation Committee has plenty of pans in the fire.

At the top of the list is the $6.1 million Town Hall renovation. The project, approved by voters at a special town meeting in October, will be paid for completely with present and future Community Preservation funds.

"The next step is to get a project manager on board," said CPC Chairwoman Nancy Reed. "And the plans need to be finished. They are about 75 percent done."

Once those steps are taken, the project, which will upgrade the facility, add usable space and make the building ADA compliant, will be ready to go out to bid. While the process is fluid, the bidding process could begin as early as the spring, according to Reed.

Hand-in-hand Town Hall project will be the restoration of the town records, a project approved by voters with a price tag of $375,000.

"This is a huge project," said Reed, explaining that all of the town's paper records, many damaged by mold, need to be removed from the basement of Town Hall and sent to a firm that specializes in cleaning these types of documents.

"The Town Clerk, Mary-Ann Nichols, will have a company come in and remove the documents from the building and take away all the mold," she said.

In the meantime, the lengthy process of scanning all the old paper records and getting them into a computer will also begin. However, according to state law, the paper records must be maintained.

Another ongoing project is the Historic Survey, being done in conjunction with the Historical Commission. According to Reed, a consultant hired by the Historical Commission is in the process all of the historic buildings and locations in the community.

"Each property is being researched and photographed," said Reed, who added that the project is almost complete.

One of the newer projects for the CPC is construction of 1,000 feet or iron fencing around the old State Hosptal cemetery just off Livingston Street behind Wynn School. The cemetery is being given by the state to the town for upkeep, as part of a deal gives the town parcels of land adjacent to the existing Parks and Recreation complex, so that field improvements and tree removal can be done.

However, according to Reed, the actual deed to the property has not yet been given by the state to the town. When that finally happens, she said, the CPC can start working on the fence project.
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