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Selectmen's Notebook: Town Hall Renovation Project Bids Opened

May 23, 2014 02:28PM ● By Bill Gilman

Tewksbury Town Hall.

Built in the early 20th century, the historic Tewksbury Town Hall is about to undergo a much needed functional and aesthetic renovation.
The process of getting the project started has taken the better part of the 21st Century.
At the May 20 Board of Selectmen meeting, Town Manager Richard Montuori announced that bids had been opened for the general contracting work on the $7.5 million Town Hall project. The low bid  (among three received) of $5.7 million came from G.V.W. of Boston.
The Town Hall Renovation Committee was established in 1999 but the project finally began to take shape in 2010, when voters at a Special Town meeting approved spending $6.1 million in Community Preservation Act funds on the project.
However, a series of stumbling blocks has delayed the project moving forward, not the least of which was project architect Jeffrey Cook being charged with murder while still halfway through his work on the plan.
The newest plan was put together by the highly respect Kaffee Kang of Kang Associates.
The delays in the project caused the estimated costs to increase and earlier this month, voters approved an additional $1.4 million for the project.

In other business:
  • Selectmen unanimously approved renewal of the pool table license for Maverick's Bar and Grille.
  • Board Chairman Todd Johnson reminded residents that the Memorial Day Ceremony at the East Cemetery will begin at 12:45 p.m. on Monday, May 26. He also reminded residents that there will be a Community Food Pantry float in the Memorial Day Parade and that volunteers will be collecting canned food donations from parade-goers.
  • Selectmen Scott Wilson said he and Johnson met with state Rep. Jim Miceli recently to discuss various concerns the board has. Among the topics was the paving/improvements of Route 38 and some type of mitigation regarding the high number of calls public safety receives from Tewksbury State Hospital. Johnson called it a "healthy and positive discussion."
  • Johnson said he and Montuori will be interviewing candidates for the single vacancy on the town Finance Committee next week. Presently only one resident has expressed interest. Anyone wishing to serve on the Finance Committee should contact the Town Manager's office at Town Hall.
  • Montuori said he is trying to schedule a public meeting on June 24 with representatives from Tennessee Gas to discuss the natural gas pipeline the company wants to run through a section of north Tewksbury. A location for the meeting has yet to be determined.

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