TOWNSEND -- The Capital Planning Committee has prioritized projects including an access system for Town Hall, two dump trucks and computer upgrades for the Police Department for funding in fiscal year 2015.
The committee submitted a list of high-priority capital projects to the Board of Selectmen for approval at a future meeting. The list includes six projects that would be funded through the town's capital stabilization fund, for a total of $206,000. The remaining four projects on the list will be funded through outside sources.
The projects were chosen from a list of requests from the town departments. Decisions were made based on a standardized ranking system, which prioritizes projects based on factors such as usefulness, longevity, cost-saving and the department head's priority, according to committee member Carolyn Smart.
"This year we had $200,000 in capital stabilization, but we had a little bit of money leftover from last year," Smart said.
The request for an access control system for Town Hall, for $15,000, was made by the Board of Selectmen.
In a talk with the committee in January, Town Administrator Andrew Sheehan said the project would provide swipe cards or key fobs to Town Hall employees to eliminate security concerns.
"In the 15 years this building has been open since the renovations, keys have been made and distributed pretty loosely, copies have been made and employees leave and we don't know who has them. This all obviously creates security concerns and liability concerns for us," Sheehan said at that meeting.
The Highway Department will be getting two dump trucks for $65,000 each and a set of fuel pumps for $30,000.
Highway Superintendent Ed Kukkula said the purchases would replace two trucks, one of which has been in use since the 1980s.
At the police department, $15,000 will be put toward replacing carpets in the lobby. Smart said that the carpets are frayed, and could present a tripping hazard for visitors to the police department.
The committee also approved $16,000 for computer upgrades at the police department. A $68,000 request to replace two police vehicles is being funded in the operational budget.
Other funding sources will be used to pay for requests from the Fire/EMS and Water departments.
Ambulance receipts will provide $61,135 for power cuts for the Fire/EMS department the final payment on an ambulance the town agreed to buy on a lease/purchase three years ago.
Water Department earnings will be the source of $50,000 for a new tank mixing system on Fitchburg Road for the Water Department.