August 31, 2010 –Finance Committee members last night whipped out their calculators, engaged in feisty debates and tried to establish an agreement on a bond package that they hope improve the city’s infrastructure.
At the end of their three-hour meeting, committee members recommended more than $11 million in bonds to address needs in 11 categories. The full City Council must give final approval.
“I would like to thank the councilors, because I know things got testy at times,” Chairman Michael Ossing told fellow committee members. “It is a lot of money, but I believe we’re still focused on Marlborough’s best interests.”
The bond package recommended by the committee calls for spending on several major projects:
* $389,500 will be issued as a five-year bond directed at upgrading equipment used by city departments, including the purchase of a $109,000 asphalt-grinding machine used for road repaving. A proposed amount of $445,388 was cut by about $55,000 after members balked at buying new code enforcement cars.
* $2.6 million was approved in 10-year bonds for road-related reconstruction, with at least one road in each ward scheduled for fixing. Board members voted against paying $440,000 to repave Poirer Driver, a high school access road.
* $200,000 was approved for sidewalk construction
* $475,000 was approved for sewer construction.
* $200,000 was approved for new water meters.
* $1.6 million was approved for a water main construction project, including the replacement of a major line under Hosmer Street.
* $110,000 was approved to improve the conditions of city parks.
* $350,000 was approved in city-wide and other School Department technology, with $140,000 going toward the replacement of 140 teacher computers.
* $2.2 million was approved in a 20-year building renovation bond that includes giving the high school’s old air conditioning system a $1 million upgrade. But the committee voted against spending $600,000 on Public Works site improvements.
* $1.1 million was approved in five-year bonds to replace old Public Works equipment.
* $1.8 million was approved in a 30-year bond for early work on new services in the Sudbury Street neighborhood.
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