Library, Recreation Department and Council on Aging Submit Capital Requests
The departments submitted their requests for the capital budget to the Board of Selectmen Tuesday night.
The town, which has a proposed $575,000 cash capital budget to date, is $143,000 over budget currently, according to Jim Murgia, the finance director.
After last week's Board of Selectmen meeting, Canton Fire Chief Charles Doody took out a request for $85,000 to refurbish a fire truck for his request, and moved a $76,000 request to the ambulance fund, Murgia said.
Last night, Recreation Department Director Jeff Kaylor requested $15,000 to rehab the town's pool, $5,000 to replace the pool's pump and motor, $10,000 for field rehabilitation and $7,000 for basketball court resurfacing.
"It's been 10 years since we've bought a new one (pool motor and pump)," Kaylor said. "The pool's been a great resource for us, including public swimming and swim lessons."
The Kennedy School basketball courts were built about 9 years ago, with donations, and due to wear and tear over the years, they need to be "resurfaced and relined," Kaylor said. The repairs should give the courts another 10 years of life, he said.
Diane Tynan, director of the Council on Aging, said the council is seeking $53,000 in capital funds to replace the council's van. The van, which has 82,000 miles on it, is used to transport seniors and those in wheelchairs.
"On two to three occasions we had to call the Canton Fire Department to get the lift down," Tynan said of the lift that brings up the wheelchairs to the van. "We hope to replace the van with a bus."
A 20-passenger bus would replace the 11-passenger van, she said. The trade-in value of the council's van is $17,500, she said. Last year, the council made 7,000 trips transporting passengers 60 and older, and 400 trips for those 60 and younger, according to Tynan.
The library is seeking $10,000 in capital funds to get the e-book program started at the library--which allows people to download books to read online, on iPhones, computers or iPads, instead of reading a physical book, according to Library Director Mark Lague.
Lague requested $10,000 in capital funds for landscaping at the library that had been put off over the last several years. "The trees all require pruning or have some disease and require treatment," he said.
Friends of the Library have made contribution for landscaping upkeep, but "we keep spending more from what's being raised," he said.
"The whole town really enjoys (the library's outdoor landscaping) and people come just to sit outside," Lague said.
Lastly, the library is requesting $7,000 for a new microfilm printer and scanner. The current printer was purchased in the 1980s and doesn't print anymore. The new product would allow people to do research on microfilm and download copies to their computer, or print and scan files, according to Lague.
Currently, the library has over 1,000 reels of Canton microfilm, he said.
The Board of Selectmen will pass on the Capital Budget requests to the Capital Budget Committee.