ADAMS -- The Capital Planning Committee hopes to wrap up an ongoing project to prioritize a slate of town spending projects by the end of the summer.
These projects will comprise, once the process is complete, a list of 24 ranked by order of importance.
"We believe this document that [the committee is] going to produce will be a really good piece to add to our strategic planning process," Director of Community Development Donna Cesan said at Tuesday’s meeting.
The committee has spent several months ranking the 24 projects using a number system that accounts for a variety of factors -- safety concerns, economic benefit, necessity due to building code laws, a need to update aged facilities and more.
Each project is expected to be taken up within five years.
So far, capital projects at Adams Free Library top the list.
Masonry work, roof repairs and a renovation of the entryway are the projects on tap for the library. Town Administrator Jonathan Butler recently reported that cost estimates on these projects all came in lower than expected. Engineers Austin Design Inc., of Colrain, provided the engineering assessments.
Tuesday, the committee discussed and ranked needed projects at the Registry of Deeds building at 65 Park St.
These include making at least one of the building’s restrooms handicap accessible, the replacement of the building’s boiler and some masonry work and window replacements.
The estimated price tags of these projects are $65,000, $200,000 and $50,000, respectively, but the committee noted that the boiler project, in particular, could wind up cheaper.
In terms of the overall list of 24, they place near the middle of the pack, but committee member George Haddad stressed the importance of the building and its tenant to the town.
"This is the key to all these renovations -- that we’re doing everything in our power to make sure this agency stays here," Haddad said. "... When we talk about how to promote ourselves, how to draw people into town, here’s something that’s already bringing in people from all over the area."
The boiler project would switch the building to natural gas and likely include air conditioning. The masonry and window replacements would complete work that began in 2011 and has continued up until the present. In 2011, $250,000 was budgeted for the same purpose, and the $50,000 item constitutes the remainder of these repairs.
The committee agreed to meet again on Thursday, July 25 at 5:30 p.m., when, among other things, they’ll prioritize the purchase of a $60,000 shredder desired for the wastewater treatment plant to eliminate bulky items such as plastic and other garbage that currently clogs the town wastewater system.
In August, the committee hopes to invite Town Accountant Mary Beverly and Butler for a meeting to go over the finalized list.
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