The Board of Aldermen unanimously passed the mayor’s Capital Improvement Program -- including improvements to schools, beaches, parks and fields -- at City Hall on Monday.
Mayor James Richetelli Jr. said he was “pleased” by the vote. He called the program a “road map” for the next five years that identified the city’s “basic core needs.”
“We need to plan for these things,” he said.
The plan had been previously supported and passed on to the board by the Planning and Zoning Board.
In his memo to the Planning and Zoning Board, the mayor stated that more than 85 percent of the plan is dedicated to the city’s “major infrastructure.” He added that many of the projects are eligible for federal and state grants.
The estimated $87.9 million program includes the following major projects:
- The Foran Asbestos/Lead Abatement Project – the ongoing plan to “remove floor tile, ceiling tile, asbestos and lead from the school,” according to the plan;
- Various “renovations, upgrades and additions” to East Shore Middle School, including the addition of a classroom wing, a new cafeteria and new windows;
- The Jonathan Law/Foran High Schools’ roof replacements;
- The John F. Kennedy/Calf Pen Meadow/Live Oaks/Mathewson Elementary schools' roof replacements;
- West Shore/Harborside Middle schools' window and roof replacements;
- Foran/Law athletic facility improvements;
- Intercom and clock system upgrades at various schools;
- Shoreline drain-pipe replacement and sand replenishment;
- Wepawaug River pond dredging and shore rehabilitation;
- Gulf Beach erosion control;
- Eisenhower Park tennis court renovations;
- Red Bush field drainage;
- Lighting for Foote Field; among other projects.
“All projects must be gradual, scheduled and implemented in an orderly and financially responsible manner,” Richetelli stated in his memo.