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Friday, December 11, 2009

Highland Committee shorts, Dec. 3

Committees merged. At their meeting on December 3, the two Highland Building committees (Highland Stabilization and Future) voted unanimously to become one, to be known as the Highland Committee. Selectman and Highland Committee Chair Peter Scavongelli had brought this idea to the Board of Selectmen, with the explanation that the committees are really functioning together and that combining them would assure a quorum to deal with any issue that arises. Scavongelli reported that the Selectmen “had no objection” to combining the two committees.

Public input sought. Nathan Brown reported that the Highland Committee now has an email address to facilitate public input regarding possible uses of the building: highland@carlisle.mec.edu. The committee would especially like to hear from organizations interested in using the space. Stone said that the stabilization project is “predicated on demolishing the central chimney and replicating it on the roof, so that the floor plan can be made flexible.” The Recreation Commission will discuss possible uses for the Highland Building for their department at their next meeting. At the meeting following that, they will place the Highland Committee on their agenda, inviting committee members to discuss possible uses with them.

Heat repairs. Town Administrator Tim Goddard filed a report with th committee stating that he, Building Inspector John Luther and Carlisle School Building and Grounds Supervisor David Flannery had decided the most cost-effective solution to the problem of Highland’s failed boiler is to have a plumber drain the boiler, followed by an electrician to install three panel boxes to support temporary electric heaters on each floor. This will insure that the fire protection system remains operational at a relatively minimal cost until a permanent solution is determined at some point in the future.

Baseline inspection. Committee member Bob Stone updated the committee on the plan for an inspection, in order to document the building’s present condition. The document would be used by the committee and given to the chosen architect/engineer so that all will have an understanding of the starting point for the stabilization process. Stone had conversed with Flannery about how to frame the inspection request. Flannery noted that the building will need repairs to meet the ADA and other code requirements before the building is used as a public meeting space. He is suspicious of lead paint and asbestos, but there was no need to inspect for these earlier, as the building was not occupied by the public after the laws regulating them were enacted. However, Stone reported that the general inspection would not include materials requiring special licenses, such as asbestos, lead paint and mold, since those materials will be inspected by the chosen architect. He also removed an infrared energy inspection from the request because the building’s insulation will not be changed during stabilization. The inspector will test for radon.

Stone produced an analysis of proposals by four home inspectors. Based on this analysis and their comparative costs, the committee voted to authorize Stone to schedule the National Home Inspection Company to inspect the building for $1,145 and walk through the building with Flannery.

RFQ advertized. The Highland Committee also noted that their Request for architectural Qualifications (RFQ) for stabilization of the building was sent to Goddard on November 5. He advertised it in the Central Register on December 3, and there have been ten requests received from architectural engineering firms.

Water lines. Water service presently comes to the Highland Building underground via the Brick Building on a one-inch copper line that is, according to Stone, “not in good service,” so that the initial concept of using domestic supply to power a fire protection system will not work. The committee assumes that the Highland Building will tap into the school’s system and domestic water supply, and will check this assumption with the School Building Committee.

The committee also discussed the integrity of the wastewater line, a vitrified clay pipe which runs under the Robbins building and goes to a manhole in front of the Wilkins building.

Schedule. The next meeting will be on December 17 at 7 p.m. to review criteria for evaluating the RFQ responders. ∆


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