Hearing tonight on water, sewer rates...

Jun 14, 2021 by

Published in the June 14, 2021 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — Tonight’s Town Council agenda includes a public hearing on the proposed FY 2022 water and sewer rates. Public Works Director Joseph Conway will present the new rates as recommended by the Advisory Board of Public Works. The Water and Sewer Divisions are self-sustaining enterprise departments. Their operations are funded by the water and sewer rates and not by the tax levy. The rates recommended tonight will need to be sufficient to fund both operating budgets. The water and sewer reserves need to be sufficient to provide for consumption shortfalls, emergencies and future capital improvements The Water Division serves approximately 8,500 water accounts and the Sewer Division serves about 8,200 accounts. Tonight’s public hearing on the rates gets underway at 7:25 p.m. via...

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Public Safety Building plans fine-tuned...

Jun 11, 2021 by

Published in the June 11, 2021 edition. By MARK SARDELLA The designers of the soon-to-be expanded and renovated Public Safety Building recently went through the building one more time with members of the Police and Fire Departments to look at every single space and fine tune the project plans. Janet Slemenda of HKT Architects reported on that exercise at last night’s Permanent Building Committee meeting. She displayed the existing plans for each area of the public Safety Building, described the recent walk through with public safety officials and highlighted areas of the plans that could be tweaked as well as those that police officials were happy with. She began with the evidence storage space, the evidence processing areas and the women’s locker room. Continuing with the first floor plan, she reviewed the entry sequence,...

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