Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The town chose contractors to perform the work after putting the projects out to bid.
The Board of Selectmen last night OK'd an owner's project manager and architect and engineering firm for the new center fire station. Permanent Building Committee co-chairman Pat Maloney said the town received 10 or 11 responses to the request for proposals and conducted three interviews. Maloney said the board felt Vertex Construction, out of Weymouth, would be the best for the job. Maloney said only one candidate had "solid" experiences with fire stations, and while Vertex only had experience with one with fire station, the company has worked with the town in the past on the town hall rehabilitation projects. "We'd like to enter into a contract with Vertex for $245,000. We reserved $280,000 for it," he said. Maloney said the board felt…
Friday, June 22, 2012
Six bids were received yesterday.
Friday, June 22, 2012
Bids were received yesterday by the town for the sale of $9.4M in general obligation municipal bonds to fund the $7.8M Town of Chelmsford Fire Department Headquarters and a portion of the Town’s FY13 capital expenditure plan. Six bids were received. Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc. submitted the bid with the lowest total interest cost of 2.32%. The town's bond rating was recently upgraded, allowing money to be borrowed at a cheaper rate. The Board of Selectmen is scheduled to meet on Monday evening to approve the borrowing.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
The increased bond rating will allow the town to borrow money at a cheaper interest rate.
The town's bond rating has increased to AA from AA- by Standard & Poor's, allowing the town to borrow money at a cheaper rate as it prepares to bond $7.8 million to pay for a new center fire station. In the report, Standard & Poors writes that the town's rating has been increased "due to our view of sustained improvement in the town's financial position and performance." Standard & Poor's mentioned a favorable local economy with above-average wealth and income and low unemployment relative to state and national averages. It also cited strong financial management practices and a low debt burden with rapid principal amortization. However, Standard & Poor's expressed concern over the town's sizable pension "and other postemployment benefit …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The article passed by a 2/3 majority vote.
Town Meeting tonight has passed a proposal to build a new center Fire Station at 50 Billerica Road. The $7.8 million, five-bay station will be built in the town hall's upper parking lot. The plan also includes renovations to some town office space to put the fire station's administrative offices and fire prevention in that buildling. After Town Moderator Richard Defreitas declared the fire station as passing by 2/3 vote, rep Bob Joyce requested a roll-call vote from each of the town meeting reps so residents would know how their reps voted. 110 Town Meeting Reps voted yes, 41 voted no. In the town election, voters passed a non-binding ballot question regarding how to fund the fire station. "This is where we are after five years," said Pat…
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The Board of Selectmen heard from various neighbors concerned about the project.
After heated discussion with neighboring residents, selectmen last night decided to recommend the approval of the fire station proposal at Town Meeting. A number of residents spoke against the fire station during the meeting's open session. Resident Gary Sousa said the town was rushing with the idea of a fire station. "I've never seen a fire station look more slammed in, the parking out here ... there's no way it'll work ... we’re spending $8 million on this," he said. "And the fire chief didn’t look too warm and fuzzy about it eiter. You've got to look back and say, in 25 years, we got it right. We nailed it." Joane Besonen said she was concerned about selling her home with the fire station across the street. "If and when that station …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Those in support or against the measure packed the Chelmsford Senior Center to hear from town officials regarding plans for the building.
- B Schill
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Tempers flared during a public information session for the fire station proposal last night. Residents packed the Chelmsford Senior Center to listen to and ask questions of Town Manager Paul Cohen, Chelmsford Permanent Building Committee Chairman Pat Maloney, as well as other town officials regarding the town’s proposal to build a new central fire station at 50 Billerica Road, adjoining the town offices. A ballot question asking for resident support for the proposed fire station passed by 297 votes in April’s election. Maloney began the meeting by outlining a feasibility study initially discussed by the Permanent Building Committee in 2008 regarding the fire department's fate, including replacing the floor of the Center Fire Station, …
Monday, March 26, 2012
The Board of Selectmen will hear a presentation tonight on the numbers for the fire station.
Selectmen tonight will hear a presentation from Fire Chief Mike Curran, Permanent Building Committee Chairman Pat Maloney and Weston and Sampson's Jeff Alberti on the cost break-down for the Center Fire Station proposal on Billerica Road. The town has posted a 61-page document regarding the cost which can be viewed as a PDF to the right. Selectmen will also respond to Bob Joyce's recent Open Meeting Law complaint as a matter of unscheduled business. A joint meeting between the Board of Selectmen at the School Committee is also set for 7:30 p.m. tonight to appoint someone to the Nashoba Valley Regional School Committee.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Bob Joyce has filed a complaint with the state Attorney General's office.
Planning Board member Bob Joyce has submitted a complaint to the state alleging the Board of Selectmen violated the Open Meeting Law Monday night. Joyce said a meeting was held Monday night in which neighbors of the proposed Center Fire Station on Billerica Road were invited to hear the presentation and offer objections. Joyce said the meeting was attended by "several Permanent Building Committee members, four members of the Board of Selectmen," Fire Chief Mike Curran and Town Manager Paul Cohen. Joyce argues that the public is not privy to whatever testimony was heard from the residents, which the Board of Selectmen will use in the future to make decisions. "I believe this was an intentional violation so that the public would not be aware…