Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $6,653,200 (gross budget) for the following necessary capital improvements: Fire Sub Station ($2,500,000); Municipal Building Expansion/Sherburne Hall ($811,000); Highway Department Garage ($655,000); Parks and Recreation Facility including Lifeguard and Restroom Facilities at Veteran's Park ($1,500,000); Roadway Improvements ($1,000,000); and, Construction Management Services ($187,200)? This Article shall authorize the issuance of not more than $6,653,200 of bonds or notes in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Finance Act (RSA 33), and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to issue and negotiate such bonds or notes and to determine the rate of interest thereon and to additionally raise and appropriate the sum of $70,000 for the first year's interest and associated costs. (Recommended by Selectmen) (Not Recommended by Budget Committee) (3/5 Ballot Vote Required)
|Originator||Board of Selectmen|
|Board of Selectmen||4-1-0 (Bergeron - no)|
|Budget Committee||2-8-0 (Gleason - yes, Doug Viger - yes)|
|Town Meeting||no changes made during the Deliberative session|
Voter's Guide Explanation
The purpose of this Bond is to address existing infrastructure needs of the town in an organized , efficient and financially responsible manner . There is a full data package on this web page that provides complete details and cost support for the planned construction.
The proposed bond is planed for 10 years which, based upon latest market conditions, will result in a tax rate impact of $0.29 the first year and $1.24 or less in succeeding years. Consolidation of the bond addresses immediate infrastructure needs, assures that the town secures the lowest fixed rate for the foreseeable future and contributes to stabilizing the tax rate. This approach avoids the impact of inflation and escalating fuel and service increases should the infrastructure elements be deferred or segregated for separate implementation.
Item 1 Fire Substation on Shepherd Road (Covers Ledge Road through Spring Street Area)
Currently the response time for emergencies in the northeast section of town is 12 minutes or more. There are several new residential communities in this area and more are anticipated. The establishment of a substation with an engine, an ambulance and assigned personnel will address life safety issues, offer opportunities for reductions in insurance rates for the citizens and the town and limit the town’s liability in addressing safety concerns.
Item 2a Sherburne Hall Upgrade
Currently Sherburne hall is not up to building code, is a liability risk under the town’s insurance provisions and is therefore unsuitable for public use. Activities in this facility are now limited to town government meetings.
The intent of this bond element is to only bring Sherburne Hall up to code so that interested town groups involved in theater , boys scouts, recreational or fundraising endeavors will have an adequate facility for their purposes. The Sherburne Hall Committee will still be responsible for fund raising and improvements beyond bringing the hall up to necessary code requirements.
Once Sherburne Hall is brought up to code it will become a true focal point for the community. Numerous groups and organizations have already expressed an interest in providing educational and entertaining presentations from the stage.
Item 2b Municipal Building Expansion
In addition to the use limitations on Sherburne Hall which restrict availability of facilities for meetings, etc., the town is obligated to maintain the town annex as a facility for Pelham Television and fire department storage. The annex does not meet code requirements and will continue to incur higher than average operational and maintenance costs.
The most fiscally responsible approach is to consolidate town government into one facility. There are six vacant rooms in the municipal building which can be updated to provide space for PTV, a town government meeting center, a conference room for elected and volunteer meetings, provide upgraded facilities for Park and Recreation and allow space for a part time code enforcement officer. A 1,700 square foot storage area will also be created in the unused portion behind the Police Department. This will provide permanent record storage for various departments and installation of a large overhead door will permit easy access for Recreation Department storage of canoes, bicycles, soccer nets and the like in a separate, segregated area.
Item 3 Highway Department Garage
Currently, all highway road equipment is stored either outside or in the existing salt storage facility. Aside from the detrimental effects that a salt storage environment has on the equipment, in the winter months vehicle startup and operation is impeded by the conditions, such that response times to safety and service concerns are less than desirable. In addition, many small repairs during snow storms are sub contracted to a repair facility which increases costs. With a highway garage, facilities would be available to allow maintenance and repair of vehicles, as well as cleaning, both of which will protect these assets and extend their life cycle.
Item 4 Parks and Recreation Facilities
Item 5 Highway Improvements
Highway road improvements comprise one million dollars of this total package. A large culvert on Gumpas Hill Road has become ineffective and serious damage will occur if it is not replaced. Because of its size and wetland impact, state permitting will be required to install a larger culvert that will serve several generations to come. The Pelham Road project is long overdue and has deteriorated from traffic it was never designed to accommodate. The Dutton Road project will widen about 2,000 feet and will overlay the entire road with new pavement. Our object is to keep the rural flavor of the road but widen some areas that are simply unsafe at today’s traffic volume. This project is timely in that we know traffic through Pelham on this popular road will significantly increase during the I-93 widening projected to begin in coming years.
Once these necessary improvements are implemented, it is expected that the yearly highway grant form the state will suffice to maintain existing roads
Item 6 Construction Management Services
This funding covers project construction oversight planning associated with the package concept. In pursuing this approach it is believed that numerous benefits will result, such as, maintenance of bidding and procurement standards, economies of scale,, efficiency in planning and coordination, and consolidated procurement of services and supplies.
TOWN OF PELHAM
ISSUANCE OF BONDS OR NOTES
A Public Hearing will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at 7:00 P.M. in Sherburne Hall, Pelham Municipal Complex, 6 Village Green, Pelham, NH to discuss and receive public comment regarding a proposed borrowing of $6,653,200. The Warrant Article authorizing this borrowing will read:
Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $6,653,200 (gross budget) for the following necessary capital improvements: Fire Sub Station ($2,500,000); Municipal Building Expansion/Sherburne Hall ($811,000); Highway Department Garage ($655,000); Parks and Recreation Facility including Lifeguard and Restroom Facilities at Veteran's Park ($1,500,000); Roadway Improvements ($1,000,000); and, Construction Management Services ($187,200). This Article shall authorize the issuance of not more than $6,653,200 of bonds or notes in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Finance Act (RSA 33), and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to issue and negotiate such bonds or notes and to determine the rate of interest thereon with a term not to exceed 10 years in duration and to additionally raise and appropriate the sum of $70,000 for the first year's interest and associated costs.
(Recommended by Selectmen) (Not Recommended by Budget Committee)
(3/5 Ballot Vote Required)
Removes imminent threat to public health or safety
Alleviates substandard conditions or deficiencies
Responds to Federal or State requirements for implementation
Improves the quality of existing services
Provides added capacity to serve growth
Provides an incentive to economic development
Reduces long term operating costs
New Construction will help alleviate vandalism
Why at PVMP and not at Muldoon Park?