Just A Guy,
If I recall the Town may have received a letter from DEP reference concerns of oil, grease, and salt, man made water drainage going into the Mumford River from the present DPW site, if I am correct? I thought that was another reason for the importance of a new DPW that would be hooked up to Town Sewage, with an Oil & Water, Grease, separator planned into the drainage process? Since the prior management may not have had a water & oil drainage, grease, separator available to them, maybe they did the best they could?
Just commenting about the truck, but I also know for years they were dealing with a lot of unfunded State and Federal School mandates.
I am not an expert on the School Budget you may know more then me. But I have faith in our School Committee, School Maint Team, and I am very impressed with the new School Superintendent.
Who knows maybe it kept on going on the wish list as the TMang mentions in the Article, or trying to hold off and save the Town money for as long as possible?
Who knows maybe it was mentioned and it may have been put off do to budgetary concerns?
Maybe they thought they could keep it going using more Duck Tape, Chewing Gum, Shoe Laces, Coat Hangers, trying to honestly save the taxpayers money?
Who Knows? View Comment
I saw the Schools Flat Bed Rack Truck the other day, it looks about twenty years old. Plus the floor boards look so rusted out, you could put your foot through it and wiggle your toes.
Plus during the historical Lifespan of this School Departments Truck, many other Town Departments have also used it for it's Hydraulically Powered Lift Gate, saving the Taxpayers money.
Maybe a one time Debt Exclusion like the Town did recently for some other new Vehicles? View Comment
The Taxpayers may want Champaign DPW Service on a DPW Beer Budget?
I think the DPW's Yearly budget has been level funded at $1 Million Dollars for what about six or seven years now?
I was in the Town Hall the other day on some other business and I heard our DPW Building's referred to as the DPW Pit, I said to myself good point. View Comment
' Only To Dream Again With The Savings'?
With the big savings in Town Electric Costs, all the Street Lights turned back on? Christmas Lights? More Teachers? Athletic Fields, Sports Programs, and a Facility Maintenance person to take care of Town Buildings property, a New Energy Efficient Furnace for the Town Hall and update the Great Hall? Roads, & increase the DPW annual Budget? View Comment
You have to 'Accent The Positive'!
Most people would rather see a direct Benefit from the $105,000 the Town is being assessed now, then the present Indirect one.
I did not hear them say that the Town would have to pay for a study, sounds like their is going to be some informative Public Meetings on how the WRTA can help the Town, maybe at the Town hall? Plus help people that are hurting in these tough economic times. Plus in general to help people with their potential transportation needs, to Worcester, Shops in Millbury, and the Grafton Commuter Train Station.
Plus maybe help the Seniors at the Senior Center for possible Bus Transportation needs also. View Comment
If I recall correctly I thought they mentioned the WRTA Bus Stop at the Shops in Millbury could also connect with their City of Worcester WRTA Bus routes.
Maybe our Town Officials could have some Public Meetings at the Selectmen's Meeting Room? So a lot of these question's that have been brought up on this post could be answered by residents?
Or suggestively put a WRTA FAQ guide on the Town's website if possible? View Comment
Some State's and Municipalities put what is suggestively called an 'Incentive Clause', if the public project is finished ahead of schedule, and a potential 'Disincentive Clause' if the public project is delayed or not finished on its original Schedule. Suggestively when State and Municipal public projects are put out to bid or in their original formatted RFP's. Plus to include a possible Arbitration clause if local business may be significantly monetarily impacted by possible arbitrary delays in the potential project.
If this WRTA Bus Service goes through maybe the Town could potentially find some extra possible funds in the Town's, 'Special Town Meeting Account Fund' to build some State or Federally approved BUS Stop Shelters for the public that may use this long awaited Town BUS Service?
Hopefully the BUS Stops and Shelters may be strategically located, next to possible parking availability? View Comment
Stillaranch, when you think about it since the 1930's we have been sharing the roads in Town with Trailer Trucks, Dump trucks, etc, etc, some as long as the Empire State building in today present times.
From the way they were talking at the BOS Meeting we are light years away from how the cabs and buses are in NY City. Plus a lot of people in these tough economic times, or the family's with only one car may benefit, plus those who use the Commuter Train in Grafton.
The other day I was behind a new modern WRTA Bus in Worcester, no issues in my humble opinion. View Comment
If you think about it for the yearly assessment $102,000 we are getting an indirect service now as Taxpayers. With the WRTA Service we are getting something then the indirect service we are getting now.
BOS CA has been discussing this for years that we receive an indirect service for our yearly $102,000 assessment to the MBTA. Now it looks like we may receive a direct service from the WRTA for that $102,000.
Most likely their will be public meetings at the Town Hall on where the stop's may be?
Years ago before America thought car's was the total answer for transportation, their was buses and trains for the public to use. This will help out people in these tough economic times, plus the young and old which may not have cars.
As a Taxpayer I am happy that I may be getting a 'direct service' for the Towns yearly $102,000, and I agree with BOS CA on this issue. View Comment
From my understanding the Town will not have to pay anything extra for this WRTA Service. If correct our $102,000 yearly MBTA Assessment, and the Town of Grafton also kicking in part of their Assessment means no additional extra cost to the Town.
If I am correct our MBTA yearly assessment of $102,000 will now pay for this Service and as a Town we will now receive a direct service instead of an indirect service for our yearly MBTA $102,000 assessment. So we would still have to pay the $102,000 even if we did not receive the WRTA Service is my understanding? So we are now getting a direct service with the WRTA, and the $102,000 we are going to have to pay anyway we are now receiving a direct benefit from that yearly payment. As I understood it the $80,000 will be deducted out of the yearly state asessed $102,000 and what is left over may be used for the Towns Senior Citizens at the Senior Center for special Bus Commutes, or other possible good public causes..
Someone can correct me if I am wrong? View Comment
Could this be a very Big Week for the Town, when our Town Government could find some loose change in an old discarded desk in the Town Hall to buy Christmas Tree Lights for the Rockdale and Whitinsville Commons?
" This Taxpayer Has No Money, For A DPW"!
I will be Voting 'NO' because I have 'No Money' like the Town when I called about the Surcharge on my Water Bill! Or when I have other concerns, The Town Has No Money!
'Good Possible News This Week For Northbridge'?
The Town could receive some surplus Christmas Tree lights from the recent Macy's Day Parade in NY City. This would help replace the one's that are not working and add to the seven to twelve that are working on the Towns Christmas Tree's on the Rockdale Common and the Whitinsville Common? View Comment