Town To Showcase Office Plans At Open House

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Hoping to present residents a near-up view of how its offices would be consolidated in a brand new location, the city is sponsoring an open house later this month at the former Santander Bank constructing at one hundred Route 6A.

The open house might be on Saturday, April 27, from 9 AM to noon, and all metropolis citizens are invited to take a excursion through the building, assistant metropolis supervisor Douglas A. Lapp stated.

“The board of selectmen is keeping the open residence so citizens can walk via the constructing earlier than Town Meeting and feature a higher, firsthand know-how of this area and the opportunity it offers us to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of metropolis offerings,” Mr. Lapp said.

The buy of the previous financial institution constructing—which has been the difficulty of many discussions and information testimonies inside the beyond few months—will be the primary article on the May 6 Town Meeting warrant.

The city is calling the citizens to approve the purchase of the building. Taxpayers may also be requested to authorize the town to promote the Town Hall Annex on Main Street and an workplace constructing at sixteen Jan Sebastian Drive.

The $3.95 million price tag for the proposed metropolis headquarters building includes $2.1 million to buy the constructing, as properly $1.85 million for enhancements—such as the addition of extra 38 parking areas, upgrading the septic machine, changing the building’s format and wellknown maintenance and renovations, city manager George H. (Bud) Dunham has said.

The sale of the 2 other buildings is predicted to usher in about $1 million, metropolis officials estimate.

Preliminary plans for a new municipal office building had been found out last month showing wherein the metropolis’s various departments could be located—if the electorate conform to the acquisition.

The colorful plans, as a way to be on show on the open residence, display that all places of work with heavy foot traffic—together with the tax collector, the metropolis clerk, the metropolis manager/selectmen, and building inspections and permitting—might be located on the first floor.

The decrease ground of the former Santander Bank constructing might be home to the human sources, engineering, planning and improvement, and IT departments.

Additional enhancements at the back of the building could offer natural mild for the downstairs offices, as well as a secondary way for employees to get inside and out, Mr. Dunham said. Those adjustments would offer workforce some other outside area to collect, too.

“The new constructing can accommodate fifty one personnel—the quantity we’d be transferring from metropolis corridor, the Town Hall Annex and the town workplace building at sixteen Jan Sebastian Drive,” Mr. Dunham has said.

“We are seeking to enhance purchaser services and performance,” Mr. Dunham has stated. “We are looking to create one-stop purchasing for as many stuff as we are able to installed one constructing.”

Currently residents need to pressure throughout town to conduct enterprise with diverse metropolis offices.

Mr. Dunham has said that due to the fact the power plant will be bringing its new fuel-fired generating unit on line next year—and the town will obtain approximately $2.5 million from the plant in lieu of taxes—the financial institution constructing purchase would not affect taxpayers’ assets tax payments.