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Capital Improvement Program Proposes $13.5 Million In Spending

Groton's CIP remains under review by the town manager and may be changed.

The proposed Capital Improvement Program, which is under review, proposes $13.5 million in spending for the coming fiscal year, including $8.65 million from potential bonds that would go to referendum.

Projects include $445,000 to remove asbestos from Charles Barnum Elemenary, $250,000 to come up with the next school construction referendum and $75,000 to study the feasibility of building an indoor recreation facility with a pool. 

Projects for the coming fiscal year include:

Education

  • $445,000 to remove asbestos from Charles Barnum Elementary School
  • $250,000 to continue developing plans for the next referendum on new school construction. Plans would address issues such as racial balancing, redistricting, renovations and maintenance.
  • $82,000 to replace lighting in the Fitch High School auditorium and upgrade lighting at Mary Morrisson Elementary to improve energy efficiency.

Roads

  • $118,000 to dead end Vergennes Court at Route 1 (near Claude Chester Elementary School) while still providing access for pedestrians and emergency vehicles.
  • $96,000 to provide the 10 percent match needed to rebuild the intersection of Crystal Lake Road and Military Highway, the main route to Naval Submarine Base New London.

Sidewalks

  • $85,000 to repair sidewalks on High Meadow Lane, Heather Glen Lane, Deerfield Ridge Road, Capstan Avenue and Oslo Street, and replace the sidewalk and granite curbing on Pearl Street in Noank, from the intersection of Palmer Court to Chesbro Avenue.
  • $80,000 to build a sidewalk from West Mystic Avenue to Orchard Lane.

Police

  • $90,000 to plan and construct a replacement boiler at the Groton Town Police station.

Parks & Recreation

  • $75,000 for a feasibility study of building a multi-use, indoor recreation facility including a pool for competitive swimmers, instructional programs and aquatics therapy.

Other

  • $75,000 to replace the boiler plant at the Town Hall Annex.
  • $105,000 to buy devices that would upgrade the town’s computer network.

Bond Referendum Questions

The CIP also includes these potential bond referendums for the Nov. 2013 ballot:

  • A $5.3 million bond referendum to upgrade the Groton Town Police station.
  • A $1.66 million bond referendum to improve the drainage at Judson Avenue.
  • A bond referendum to extend utilities up Flanders Road. The estimated cost, depending on which section is built, ranges from $5 million to $16.9 million.
Mariellen V. French February 02, 2013 at 01:43 AM
The $82,000 in upgrading lighting in two schools can pay for itself over several years of savings on electricity and replacing bulbs, so you can see the value of that.
Marie Tyler Wiley February 02, 2013 at 06:10 AM
First a question...(money related tax dollars at work) As I drove through Groton last night...it occurred to me the vast amount of waste we allow in this town. All public buildings are lit up like firecrackers. Why are we lighting parking lots and schools at 11;30 at night in empty buildings?. In order to save money ...ALL of Groton's Hvac systems & lighting of all public buildings should be connected to a building management system with controlled schedules to save money. Fitch h.s, the annex bldg and others look like Disney Land all lit up. It's wasting resources and creates light pollution. Next...around 10-15 yrs ago...it came into vogue to "hire a consultant" to tell you when to blow your nose. Well...obviously you all know what I think of that...it's crap. Same goes with this plan of $75,000 for a :"feasability study". What is wrong with everyone...have the discussion and make a darn decision based on imput. Lastely...I bet everyone of those sticker prices mentioned in this article...could be trimmed easy enough...but since it's just the town that's paying for it...just pad the numbers and go for it. Are these prices competative? Who gets to see the bids? They should be on line for all of us to see; Take for instance putting in a sidewalk from West Mystic Ave to Orchard lane...that looks to be about 500 ft of sidewalk...I'm not builder...but I'm pretty sure $80,000 is high. Would appreciate hearing from the powers that be answers to these questions.
Marie Tyler Wiley February 02, 2013 at 09:53 PM
Oh Yeah...I was being facetious when I said "it's just the town that's paying for it.." . Touché' on the rest of your comments...You're right about the public meetings...I am absolutely guilty of non attendance...that is why I posed the question/suggestion that they upload contracts etc. It would just seem there should be a way to get a better grip on what and why something cost so much. Comparative analysis is what I’m looking for. I know that stuff is tedious to look through and it just seems maybe there would be less griping if we could see the numbers ourselves. Getting to the meetings is nearly impossible for a lot of people with children, homework, practice, etc… I wonder if when they tape the meetings if they could upload the monthly meeting to the town site and directly next to each meeting…if…there were contracts involved…possibly upload those too?
Mariellen V. French February 03, 2013 at 12:38 AM
Marie: The Town Council meetings are aired on Cable Channel 2 as they happen on Tuesday evenings & again at 10am Wednesday. RTM is filmed on the 3rd Wednesday and runs again several times during the month. I believe they are both also on line at www.welcometothetownofGroton. The BOE meetings are on Comcast 19 whenever they happen. The Boards and Commissions are not filmed due to costs involved: personnel, equipment, etc. Only the Council Room has TV filming installed. Meeting minutes are posted on the Town website shortly after the meetings, and the agendas for most meetings are posted about a week before meetings. The paper said you can get anything you want at (not Alice's Restaurant) the Town Clerk's page on the town website. It's there if you look for it.
Marie Tyler Wiley February 03, 2013 at 01:12 AM
HI Mariellen...thank you for your info and yes, that is where I usually catch up with the town meetings...on tv. Didn't know the minutes were/are posted on the town site though...so that's nice to know and will be very useful. My point was...more toward the bids going in...and now I see...thanks to you...the bids. This is great. Thank you. Now to spend more time and figure out who they chose in the bidding process and why. :) Thank you again.

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