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AGENDA 07/11/2011
Capital Improvement Committee Agenda
Town of Bellingham – Municipal Center
Monday, July 11, 2011 at 7:15 p.m.

1.      Present:

2.      Absent:

3.      Meeting called to order:  7:15 p.m.

        A.      Vice Chairman
        B.      Chairman
        C.      Clerk/Secretary

        A.      Paul Smith


        Per the June 7, 2011 letter from the Fire Chief to Denis Fraine.


  • June 28, 2011 email from Denis Fraine: Last night there was a discussion at the Finance Committee meeting relative to zoning requirements for Municipal facilities.  As I stated during last night's meeting Town Counsel had been contacted as requested by the Selectmen at their June 20th meeting to clarify any zoning limitations for municipal uses.  Town Counsel has advised municipal uses are allowed in any zone as stated in the Town’s zoning bylaws, the only restrictions would relate to the necessary setbacks of the applicable zone.  Accordingly, zoning restrictions are not an issue relative to municipal uses.  
  • June 17, 2011 email from Donald DiMartino:  Whatever course we take we will need engineering assistance to move forward with DPW Facilities upgrades.  
We should plan to allocate some funds at this Town Meeting for that assistant for both the DPW and Police building/facilities in order to be on track for possible FY2014 appropriation for construction.
It will probably be in a capital or non-capital article with no separate article needed.

  • Documents available:
a.      2004 Report by Gannett Fleming:  Center Street Facility Evaluation;
b.      2003 Space Needs Assessment: Salt Shed, Mechanics Shop, Wash Bay.
c.      2003 Space Needs Assessment by Gannett Fleming.


  • Per the Bellingham Charter:  Section 7: Capital Improvements Committee
5-7-1 There shall be a capital improvements committee which shall consider the relative need, timing, cost, completeness of planning, community support, availability of outside funding and other factors said committee members shall deem appropriate to the individual proposed expenditures and the effect each will have on the financial position of the town.
Membership, terms of office, method of appointment and additional functions of the capital improvements committee shall be determined by town by-law.

  • Per Bellingham General Bylaw:  Article 7.02. Estimates Of Funds For Capital Improvements
The Capital Improvements Committee shall study those capital improvements as defined in Article 1.02 that are above fifty thousand dollars ($50,000). The Board of Selectmen and all boards, committees, heads of department, or other officers of the Town authorized by law to expend money shall furnish to the Capital Improvements Committee, with their annual budget requests, detailed estimates of the amount necessary for capital improvements for the departments under their jurisdiction for at least the coming five (5) years.
The Capital Improvement Committee shall consider the relative need, timing, cost, completeness of the planning, community support, availability of outside funding, and other factors the Capital Improvements Committee shall deem appropriate to the individual expenditures and the effect each will have on the financial position of the Town.

  • July 1, 2011 email from Denis Fraine: The Board of Selectmen voted last night to support the Finance Committee’s recommendation to have the CIC take the lead with regard to the DPW Feasibility Committee.  The Selectmen are requesting as many 2-3 members from their Board be allowed to participate with the Feasibility Committee.  Don and I will also participate in an ex-officio nature.  Thanks, and please let me know if you require any additional info.   

        A.      Anticipated Capital Projects
                (Previous:  Road Repairs)

        B.      Accept Minutes:
                September 13, 2010 (Judy Manning, Roland Lavallee)
                January 24, 2011 (Joseph Collamati, Mary Beth Cuomo)
                February 14, 2011
                April 11, 2011
                April 25, 2011
                May 9, 2011 (Mary Beth Cuomo)

        C.      Correspondence, emails, flyers, etc.