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Board to review capital projects

by Tom Chillemi

Two projects on the Middlesex County Capital Improvement Plan have been completed—a new Middlesex High School roof and T-hangars at Hummel Field.

There are still 31 projects on the CIP, which is a planning tool completed in 2007 to assist the county board of supervisors in developing budgets. It is “strictly advisory,” said Middlesex Planning and Zoning Director Matt Walker.

Not all projects listed will be funded and priorities can change, said Walker. A more detailed evaluation and update of the CIP will begin next spring, Walker said. Departments in the county will submit cost estimates for CIP projects.

The county must have a CIP in order to accept proffers from developers.

The CIP lists long-term goals of things needed that have a useful life of more than 5 years and a total cost exceeding $50,000. Operation expenditures are not covered by the CIP.

First on the current CIP is a $4.45 million sewage treatment plant to serve Saluda, the Middlesex Courthouse and Woodward Building, which houses county offices. The permit for the treatment plant is scheduled to be considered by the State Water Control Board on Monday, October 26. 

The second CIP priority is renovation of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office building and construction of a 4,400-square-foot addition. The addition would nearly double the size of the existing sheriff’s building, which is currently 4,800 square feet. The estimated cost is $1.62 million. Construction of the addition is needed to meet requirements for an Accredited Law Enforcement Agency. The project is listed as “urgent.”

The next three projects on the CIP and their estimated costs are renovation of the east wing of Middlesex High, $250,500; an elevator for the Woodward Building and finishing the basement of the new Middlesex Courthouse for use as an Emergency Operations Center, $265,000; and renovation of the MHS gym and classrooms, $216,500.

The CIP will get a “complete review” starting in February 2010, and projects will be evaluated using a rating system, said Walker. The new CIP will cover the years 2010-2014.

On October 8, the Middlesex Planning Commission recommended that the completed projects be removed from the CIP. The commission also agreed to send the updated CIP to the county board of supervisors for its consideration.

posted 10.23.2009

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