Marshfield: School department – fire chief review capital budgets

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The Marshfield school department and fire chief met with the town’s capital budget committee Wednesday night, to go over their capital budget requests for fiscal 2014.

Marshfield School Department Finance Director Tom Miller said the number one priority in the school department’s million dollar capital budget, is to appropriate $75,000 to replace the blinds at the Daniel Webster and Ames Way Elementary schools.

“We took down our 50 year old blinds in each building during a project over the summer and right now we have paper up on the windows. So, it’s something that needs to be done. We went one year without blinds, but hopefully they get put in this summer and we can open the building next year with blinds,” Miller said.

The second highest priority is to expend a total of $100,000 to replace the bleachers at the Furnace Brook Middle School and Martinson Elementary School.

“They’re wooden structures and they’re still sturdy, despite being over 60 years old. It’s really the component of the hardware and pulling the bleachers in and out, which is the danger. It’s a safety hazard for our staff that have to do that process and we’re just in fear that we’re going to pull out the bleachers and they’re not going to be able to go back in, or they’re going to go in and not come back out,” Miller explained.

A third top priority is $100,000 to replace asbestos floor tiles in a section of the South River School.

Marshfield Fire Chief Kevin Robinson told the capital budget committee that his first priority is to appropriate $460,000 to replace a 25 year old fire truck, purchased back in 1988.

Protective gear for firefighters is also included in the fire department’s capital budget, as well as the purchase of a new paramedic ambulance and shift commander vehicle.

Marshfield’s total fire department capital budget request is about $900,000.

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