Has project planning progressed to a point that we have a reasonable level of confidence that the anticipated project budgets are accurate?
  1. The original estimates from Garcia, Galuska & DeSousa Inc. (GGD) were based on the economic situation in 2019; subsequently there were two revised cost estimates. 
    1. The first was updated in January 2022 (pdf All Building Combined 2022 New Station 5 NetZero) and was commissioned to address inflationary factors known to have increased from 2019 through 2022. That cost stood at approximately $50 million to do 4 renovations and 1 rebuild (Station 5 – see Preliminary Program (2BAY) _2Company wo Chief)) and includes money to meet the Town’s Fossil Fuel Free (FFF) requirements. GGD also provided an additional estimate vis-à-vis the Town’s climate action goal for “Net Zero” readiness. The additional work that would be required for this was estimated at $10 million. Combined the cost was anticipated at $60 million. I went before the SB and AC committee in March with these numbers to garner support to get the question on the ballot for November.  Both bodies endorsed the $60 million estimates.
    2. In an effort to give the voters the best estimate for the debt-exclusion vote given the current volatile economic situation, we asked GGD to increase the “escalation cost” estimates from 5% to 8%, adding an additional $4.6 million to the cost analysis, further the cost for temporary housing of Engine 5 during the renovations was increased by $250,000.
  2. To be clear – the total debt exclusion price before the voters stands at $65 million.


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1. Why do we need to renovate or rebuild our fire stations?
2. Where can I find supporting documents for this project and who has reviewed them for the Town?
3. Who was involved in preparing the plans/estimates?
4. Has project planning progressed to a point that we have a reasonable level of confidence that the anticipated project budgets are accurate?
5. Have the plans been independently vetted by anyone not directly connected to the projects?
6. Has there been a study on the cost of renovation vs rebuilding the firehouses?
7. I have heard talk about $82-$85 million as a price.