Capital Projects, RFPs & Bids
Permanent Building Commission
Monday - Thursday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
8:00 am - 1:00 pm
230C Mountain Road
Suffield, CT 06078
For questions, contact Chris Matejek, Facilities Manager
Town Meeting, February 20, 2020
- Town Meeting Presentation 2-20-2020
- Streetlight resolution passed
a. Approval of the purchase and retrofit of streetlights for an amount not to exceed $700,000 and the resolution entitled “Resolution Authorizing an Appropriation Of $700,000 For The Street Lighting Project and the Financing Of Said Appropriation By the Issuance Of General Obligation Bonds Of The Town and Notes In Anticipation Of Such Bonds In An Amount Not To Exceed $700,000.”
For questions contact Gerald Turbet, Town Engineer
Town Hall Renovation & Addition
Information will be added shortly!
February 5, 2020
Update to First Selectman Column
November 2019, The Suffield Observer
In our Fall 2019 review of Town properties, our insurer (CIRMA) informed us that it may no longer cover the vacant Bridge Street School (BSS) based on its current state. Despite the Town’s efforts to heat the inside of the building with space heaters over the last several years and hiring a roofing contractor to mitigate roof leaks in 2018, pictures posted on the Town’s website show a blighted building permeated by black mold, crumbling asbestos, peeling lead paint and collapsing ceilings from over fifteen years of deterioration. Thereafter, on September 27, 2019, the Town of Suffield Building Official provided the Town with a Notice of Unsafe Structure and Order to immediately vacate the structure and make plans to either remediate the serious health hazards within the building or demolish it in accordance with the state demolition code. The building was posted and is unsafe to enter for any reason.
1,176 residents voted by referendum to appropriate $8.4M to convert the BSS into a community center and authorized the issuance of no more than $8.4M in debt to finance the project in October 2015. The vote was not a mandate to do the project at any cost, but a permissive authorization to do the project if it complied in scope and dollar amount with the information presented by the Bridge Street School Ad Hoc Committee (BSSAHC) to the public, and the legal bond authorization upon which the residents relied to cast their votes.
- Referendum, Rescind BSSCC Approval & Bond Resolution 2-25-2020
- 899 Yes
- 831 No
- Legal Opinion, Rescission of BSSCC 7-12-2019
- Referendum, BSSCC Appropriation & Bond Resolution 10-8-2015
- 1,176 Yes
- 1,076 No
- 2,264 Voted = 29% turnout
- Town Meeting, Resolution 9-2-2015
- Town Meeting Presentation 2-20-2020
- Includes Procedural History of Project since 2015
- First Selectman Update to Board of Selectmen 10-16-2019
- Gilbane Conceptual Estimate 9-22-2016
- $9.9M estimated
- $300,000 estimated for abatement (see p.2)
- ATC Hazardous Materials Inspection Report 3-16-2016
- Silver Petrucelli Design 1-2015
- Ad-Hoc Committee Business Plan 2-13-2015
- $8.35M estimated
- Hazmat "Assumed by Owner"
- $0 in allowance for abatement
Q: Did the Board of Finance approve the $450,000 appropriation for BSSCC?
A: At the February 10, 2020 BOF Meeting, the members did not approve the appropriation in a unanimous vote.
Q: What will be on the February 25, 2020 Referendum that relates to the Bridge Street School Community Center?
a. Shall the Town rescind approval of Bridge Street School Community Center project and bond resolution entitled, “RESOLUTION TO APPROPRIATE $8,400,000 FOR RENOVATIONS AND IMPROVEMENTS TO BRIDGE STREET SCHOOL FOR CONVERSION TO A TOWN COMMUNITY RECREATION CENTER AND TO AUTHORIZE THE ISSUE OF BONDS, NOTES OR TEMPORARY NOTES IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $8,400,000 TO FINANCE SAID APPROPRIATION” ? Yes/No
Q: Why does this need to be decided now?
A: Because on September 27, 2019 the Building Official issued a Notice of Unsafe Structure stating: "Pursuant to State Building Code §116, you are hereby ordered to immediately vacate the structure and make plans to either remediate the serious health hazards within the building or demolish it in accordance with the State Demolition Code. The Building was posted and is unsafe to enter for any reason."
Questions prior to February 10, 2020 Board of Finance Meeting
Q: What will be on the February 25, 2020 Referendum that relates to the Bridge Street Community Center?
A: It depends on if the Board of Finance approves the following agenda item at their February 10, 2020 Meeting: "Shall the Town of Suffield appropriate up to $450,000 to obtain the actual price to complete the Bridge Street School Community Center renovation project? Yes/No"
Q: If the Board of Finance votes yes, what are the next steps?
A: The Board of Selectmen will decide if a vote will be taken on the question at the February 20, 2020 Town Meeting or sent directly to the adjourned Town Meeting on February 25, 2020.
Q: If the question is approved at the Town Meeting/Referendum, what does that mean?
A: If passed, the question requires that the Town appropriate up to $450,000 in order to obtain a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) to renovate the Bridge Street School Community Center project as approved in 2015.
Q: What happens if the GMP exceeds the $8.4M approved at the 2015 Referendum?
A: The project will not move forward unless the Town appropriates additional funds through the budget process or Town Meeting/Referendum process.