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Town Takes Another Step in Effort to Keep Track Project on Schedule

Selectmen waive bid requirements to retain Milone & MacBroom for engineering services.

The Board of Selectmen has authorized the town to retain Milone & MacBroom as engineers for the track, field and parking lot improvement project at Canton High School.

Under the $121,900 contract, the firm will further document existing conditions and boundaries, design development plans, guide the town through regulatory approvals, develop final plans and specifications, assist with the bidding process and provide services during construction.

By unanimous vote Wednesday, selectmen agreed to waive bid requirements for the services.

Permanent Municipal Building Committee member David Madigan told selectmen that the committee and Board of Education were both happy with the initial work the firm had done with the plan.

Madigan also reiterated recent sentiments from school officials that the hope is to get the project ready for summer construction so it could be completed some time in the fall. Land-use approval is still needed and Madigan acknowledged that any snares could easily derail the schedule but said the town should at least try. 

“I think there’s a lot of enthusiasm around the project and if we could deliver this summer, I think the town would be pleased,” Madigan said. 

Voters approved the 3.6-million project by a vote of 3,034 to 2,112 on Election Day.

Chris Carroll November 30, 2012 at 01:05 PM
This is going to be miserable for everyone who lives near the high school!
Chris Carroll November 30, 2012 at 01:11 PM
The 2,112 people who voted against this will not be pleased! Get your priorities straight Canton! There is not a bottomless well of money and we are being bonded and borrowed to death! Take care of the infrastructure we have and stop adding more that will be ignored and become problematic down the road when it becomes old.
Wyatt November 30, 2012 at 02:22 PM
But the majority of Canton residents who voted for this, will be.
Julie Rush November 30, 2012 at 04:45 PM
I'm glad that something good is finally going forward for the beleagured municipal building committee. They have worked like crazy for years for the still-in-limbo public works garage. Thank you to all of your for all the work you do.
Betty November 30, 2012 at 07:16 PM
I hope every effort is made to be considerate of the neighbors, especially those that had a school built next door to them in 1970. I think there is a tremendous difference between having a school built near by and having a stadium built up against your property line with bleachers and lights for night games, and I know the lights will be the ones that give off as little light pollution as possible. I would not be happy about it if it where my property line and I don’t think many people would.
Betty November 30, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Yes the municipal building committe has put in a tremendous effort. We learned from the track and multipurpose field PR that Canton has a sound infastructure, maybe that will cut their work load and our taxes.
Canton Taxpayer November 30, 2012 at 07:32 PM
I voted against it but obviously we lost out to the "wish we were Avon/Simsbury" people.....and since the money's borrowed, why take bids and possibly save us some money? I feel for the people who live around the HS....
Student November 30, 2012 at 08:33 PM
The people voted on the track, its going to happen. If you don't like it, you should have gotten more people to vote against the track. Like it or not, the track in Canton will be happening soon!
al coffee December 01, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Student writer has it right, majority rules. Though beware those who voted no likely did so because of the personal financial pressures this economy has placed at their doorstep. With the superintendent and Board of Education jumping in with both feet in support of this massive expenditure they may be in for a surprise come budget time. In supporting the track they have sent the message that they do not need more money to fund the school system. They made the choice to back the allocation of limited resources to meet their desires.

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