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Londonderry

October 24, 2013

School, town projects take CIP priority

Town priorities include school and fire station renovations

LONDONDERRY — The high school won’t be seeing a new auditorium anytime soon.

That’s because the plan doesn’t rate quite high enough on the town’s capital improvement priority list right now.

The Planning Board heard more details about what projects did get favorable marks on the town and school capital improvement, or CIP, lists for high-cost projects, including major school paving renovations and fire station repairs.

The CIP committee is an advisory group that hears presentations from the town’s departments, then makes recommendations based on a rating system to prioritize the jobs and what might be done first.

Projects heard this time around received scores based on urgency, need, public safety concerns and tax savings to the town. They are given a fiscal year for planned completion of the project.

“We received 14 applications for projects,” town planner John Vogl said. “We moved six to the urgency category at Priority 1; others were scored by criteria that identified their urgency and need for the town.”

The six top projects for CIP consideration are a $5 million renovation project for the school district; $2.9 million to renovate and upgrade the David A. Hicks Memorial Central Fire Station; a $125,000 recycling drop-off center project; senior center improvements at a cost of $725,000; and two public works projects.

Other projects farther down on the list include Pettengill Road upgrades, a new SAU building for the school district and Mammoth Road sewer replacement work.

Many of the projects would be bonded and would require voter approval at Town Meeting.

The $5 million school renovation bond failed to pass with voters last time.

The school district may get its new SAU office sooner rather than later. It remains on the list for CIP consideration in the next several years.

School business administrator Peter Curro said it’s time for a new space.

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