Friday, December 19, 2003
Shorts from the FinCom, Dec. 10
• School maintenance. David Flannery, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds for the Carlisle School, presented an overview of maintenance. He currently employs six full-time and two part-time people, and has hired skilled workers so most maintenance can be done in-house. Although the $6,000 lost to the maintenance department budget "was felt," Flannery noted that over the years, "This community has supported educational maintenance needs" and the school campus is in good shape. A list of needed improvements includes energy-efficient lighting, new lockers, and carpets. "Roofing is a big issue," which is being dealt with by patching. Building design has made a difference, with Corey requiring the most maintenance, and Wilkins the least. "That's a great design that takes little money to maintain." Major cosmetic repairs are being deferred until a decision is made regarding school expansion.
• Lawsuits. Town Administrator Madonna McKenzie requested a transfer of $30,000 from the reserve fund to pay for unexpected legal expenses. Seven lawsuits are currently pending over the town's decision to deny one cell tower site and approve another. "It doesn't make sense, but these cases haven't been thrown out," she explained.
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