ORR T.U.R.F. Project Scaled Down

Rochester Town Administrator Suzanne Szyndlar briefly told the Rochester Board of Selectmen on June 18 that a recent Old Rochester Regional T.U.R.F. (Tri-Town Unified Recreational Facilities) meeting had committee members considering a more scaled-down project for ORRHS with a revised estimated cost of $2.6 million as opposed to the original project that had costs totaling north of $5 million.

This scaled-down turf plan would cover the track rehab, the turf on the field, and the necessary equipment to maintain the turf, mentioned Szyndlar.

According to Szyndlar, funding will provide only the most pertinent pieces of the project and there will be debt schedule estimates for each of the three towns in the near future.

Also during the meeting, Selectman Paul Ciaburri prompted Szyndlar to briefly recount the plans for delinquent taxes. Szyndlar explained that the treasurer prepares and monitors a list of those who haven’t paid taxes on a residence and handles all delinquent taxes. She explained that as long as people are making a good faith effort, the Town would not begin foreclosure proceedings, as it’s been a very long time since the Town has seized any properties.

In other matters, the selectmen heeded the Rochester Conservation Commission’s recommendation not to exercise their rights of 61A, the Right of First Refusal, on the Maksy property. They soon made a motion to approve the signing off of the property, which lies on Map 6, Lot 11 E and is being sold as a single-family housing lot with just over 2 acres.

The board also held a “recognition event” to acknowledge six students from Rochester Memorial School who marked perfect attendance over the course of the previous school year. Euan Fredricks, Allison Winters, Alia Cusolito, Anna Pereira, Olivia DeSousa, and Ethan Furtado stepped up to the board of selectmen to shake hands and happily receive their award certificates, followed by a round of applause.

The next meeting of the Rochester Board of Selectmen is scheduled for July 10 at 6:30 pm at the Rochester Town Hall.

Rochester Board of Selectmen

By Caleb Jagoda


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