Bourne Taxpayers Could Be Asked To Pay $6.25 Million New DPW Facility

A new Department of Public Works facility in Bourne would likely cost $11 million—with voters picking up about $6.25 million of the tab.

Those were the dollar figures presented Monday by Stanley J. Andrews of the Public Works Facility Building Committee during a meeting with members of the town’s capital outlay committee.

That $11 million facility would house the complete Department of Public Works operation, store all of its vehicles inside, and create a home for the town’s proposed new facilities manager, the sewer department, and the engineering department, Mr. Andrews said.

The building itself will cost an estimated $5.2 million, he said, and support equipment such as lifts, as well as fueling equipment, will add a further $730,000. Site development costs, including a new salt shed, will be about $2.7 million. Design costs will add $340,000 and soft costs and contingencies, another $2.1 million.

However, Mr. Andrews said that asking the DPW to perform some of the site preparation work will save about $1 million, bringing the total down closer to $10 million.

The Department of Integrated Solid Waste Management is expected to contribute about $2 million to the project, which is necessary so that landfill operations can move into the DPW’s current location. That would bring the amount down to $8 million. If the town uses a proposed $500,000 from capital reserves, $750,000 from stabilization reserves, and $500,000 from free cash, it is looking at a debt exclusion of about $6.25 million.

While the committee is still waiting a confirmation from the Department of Integrated Solid Waste Management as to its contribution to the project, Mr. Andrews thinks that $6.25 million is very close to the number that will be presented to voters at the October 29 Town Meeting.

Capital Outlay members wanted to know if the huge, 20 percent contingency costs built into the project were necessary. They heard from those who worked with the recent Bournedale Elementary School construction project that the estimate was in line with their experience and not overly conservative.

Given that a large portion of the facility would be used for vehicle and equipment storage, the committee asked the representative from the engineering firm Weston & Sampson for more than anecdotal evidence that indoor storage would save the town money over the long run.

Members asked for a return on investment analysis on that point, since the extra space would need to be heated.

Town Administrator Thomas M. Guerino asked if the roof, as planned, could support solar panels, and was told the possibility would be factored into the roof calculations.

The committee hoped that the bottom line of the project to the taxpayer might be discussed at a joint meeting between the Bourne Finance Committee and Bourne selectmen proposed for Monday, September 24.

 

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