Municipal Facilities Committee reviews DPW projects, visits site
|Municipal Facilities Committee members inspect a DPW building. Stored items include a Council on Aging van and rows of plastic boxes holding Town Hall papers waiting to be shredded. (Photo by Cynthia Sorn)
The Municipal Facilities Committee (MFC) discussed a host of projects at their June 4 meeting, including the proposed changes at the Department of Public Works (DPW). In order to view firsthand the proposed DPW renovations, the committee decided to move the meeting from Town Hall to the site. Changes may include updates to (or replacement of) the main building, a new septic system and a break room trailer. The group also wanted to take a look at the deteriorating salt shed. DPW Superintendent Gary Davis was out when they dropped by and therefore did not participate in the discussions.
Voters at Town Meeting authorized $195,500 for a new staff trailer and accompanying septic system at the DPW. The current staff area is in a poorly ventilated space next to the truck repair bay. The trailer will have better ventilation and be in ADA compliance, with both male and female bathrooms and locker rooms.
The committee walked around the large DPW building, looked in on the two bays (machine repair and truck storage), and discussed their observations of the building: the roof appears to be metal and covered with rubber, the ceiling shows evidence of past leakage, the ventilation fans do not offer adequate fresh air circulation, and the roof would require additional steel beams if supporting solar panels. They learned that in the winter, ice dams form on the edges of the roof, which are at times hazardous during a thaw.
The committee walked down Morse Road to view the DPW’s Morton Building that is used to house Old Home Day supplies (tables, chairs) and DPW trucks and plows not in use. Members voiced agreement that only DPW-related materials should be in the building. Until recently, Carlisle’s antique fire trucks were in the building, but the committee members were surprised to see the trucks had been moved. Still to be moved is the large Council on Aging van, a mix of police supplies, old town records slated to be shredded and a red canoe.
|MFC members examine the broken supports helping to hold up the old DPW salt shed. (Photo by Cynthia Sorn)|
Next, the committee walked down a trail to the three septic test sites for use by the new trailer. They finished up their tour at the salt shed. They talked about ways to shore up the building and add more storage space.
Davis had made the replacement of the salt shed a priority but a Motion to replace the salt shed, estimated at $138,000, was defeated at the spring Town Meeting. MFC Chair Jerry Lerman dug down by one front post and uncovered a rotted support. The committee noted other signs of building failure, including bulging sides, sand leaking from large cracks and broken exterior and interior brackets.
At the end of their meeting they spent some time reviewing a surveyor’s map of the DPW property and surrounding private lots. The committee attempted to see if there was some way to put a road through the Conant Land in order to reach a flat piece of DPW land which is currently surrounded by wetlands and accessible by just a small walking path, but they soon realized there were two private lots in between. ∆