The Bourne Capital Outlay Committee has approved a revised capital budget for Fiscal Year 2022. The updated budget includes adjustments made to requests from the Bourne Fire Department and the Bourne Department of Public Works.
The committee approved the revised budget during its remote meeting on Monday, March 1. The FY22 capital budget comes in at $2,737,510. Committee Chairwoman Mary Jane Mastrangelo said the funding sources for the capital budget will be $1,535,010 from the town’s free cash account, $200,000 from the waterways fund and $1,002,500 from Integrated Solid Waste Management retained earnings.
In early January, the committee had approved an FY22 capital budget of $2,866,510. The reduction is due, in part, to amendments brought to the committee by the DPW and the fire department last month.
At the committee’s remote meeting on February 22, Interim Bourne Fire Chief David S. Cody requested an additional $91,000 in capital funding. The money would go toward upgrades to the fire department’s radio communications equipment. He requested $85,000 for the department’s remote radio units and $6,000 for its mobile units.
The fire department has also requested $302,000 in capital funding to purchase two new Ford F-150 pickup trucks. A $200,000 appropriation for the purchase of a second set of personal protective equipment for firefighters, as well as a dryer sturdy enough for the new equipment, was initially suggested for the FY23 capital budget but was moved to FY22.
The total fire department capital request comes to $393,000.
At the same meeting, DPW Director Shawn Patterson recommended a reduction in the department’s $608,450 capital request. Mr. Patterson said the town can refurbish an existing trash truck that has a brand new motor, instead of buying a new truck.
Mr. Patterson told the committee that spending $155,000 on a new body, brakes, tires and springs, along with some work on the chassis, was preferable to spending $357,000 on a new vehicle. The reconditioned truck, he said, could last seven years or longer.
The DPW’s amended capital request comes to $388,450.
The $1,002,500 in ISWM retained earnings would pay for replacement of a five-year-old bulldozer, and to purchase a new 25-ton hydraulic excavator and one-ton containers. Funds from the retained earnings account come at no cost to taxpayers. However, residents still need to vote at Town Meeting to approve the use of retained earnings.
The school department has requested $416,000 in capital funding to pay for technology upgrades at Bourne Middle School and new minibuses for the school district. The minibuses have been deferred twice already.
The capital budget includes $310,560 for the Bourne Police Department. The department’s request includes $210,560 for four new police cruisers and $100,000 to put toward the purchase of new Tasers. The police department recently received a $38,200 state grant to apply to the cost of the Tasers.
The Bourne Shore and Harbor Committee submitted its annual request for $200,000. Department of Natural Resources Director Christopher M. Southwood said the annual funding is used for a variety of purposes but primarily to pay the cost of dredging the town’s waterways.
The Bourne Recreation Department has asked for $27,000 for the purchase of a new van. Recreation Department Director Krissanne M. Caron submitted a request in December 2020 for capital funds to purchase a department vehicle, but her request was deferred with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The committee unanimously approved the amended capital budget. The Bourne Board of Selectmen during its remote meeting on Tuesday unanimously voted to support the capital budget as amended and presented.
The capital budget will be presented as part of the FY22 general budget for resident approval at Annual/Special Town Meeting in May.