The renovation project that was recently completed at Rochester Memorial School received two awards, which the Building Committee and Town Administrator Richard LaCamera presented on Monday, November 19. The presentation was made during the Board of Selectmen’s regular meeting.
“I think that’s fantastic,” said LaCamera. ”The Building Committee should be commended.”
The Committee planned the project to be completed over the span of 18 months. Not only did they finish the project on time, but they also had the project completed for $920,000 under budget.
“We built what we said we were going to build, delivered it on the date we said we were going to deliver and finished under budget, which is unheard of,” said Building Committee Member Arnold Johnson.
Johnson presented an award, which was presented to RMS for being green, or environmentally certified. Additionally, the RMS project received a national acclaimed Gilbane Award for its excellence in construction.
Because the project is now in its final stage of repayment, the Board of Selectmen voted to officially disband the Building Committee. Now, the maintenance of the school is turned over to the Rochester School Committee.
“I hope the School Committee is diligent in maintaining the building,” said Selectman Naida Parker.
In other news, LaCamera made a recommendation for a contractor to complete the renovations to the Town Hall that were approved at the Special Town Meeting. The entire exterior of the building will be renovated, including windows, roof and siding.
The project had an estimated price tag of $90,000. The contractor LaCamera suggested to complete the project submitted a bid of $86,000, but that was not the lowest bid. The lowest pbid was $79,898, but it was rejected because they only had experience with repairs and not with building or historical properties.
The Board voted in favor of the $86,000 bid.
The town recently received a $15,000 grant which was originally suggested by Conservation Agent Laurel Farignon in order to update the data mapping in Rochester. The Board approved a $13,000 bid to complete the project.
The Board voted to accept the resignation of Library Trustees Elizabeth Owen , who is stepping down for health reasons. The Board voted unanimously to appoint Winston Sharples to fill the seat, which will expire in April.
The Rochester Board of Selectmen will meet again on Monday, December 3 at 7:00 pm in Rochester Town Hall.
By Katy Fitzpatrick