To the Editor:

The estimated cost of the senior center, by the architect as described in their space assessment, was $25 million. It does not include a swimming pool. He said a pool would be an incremental cost increase, the space assessment does not include a swimming pool.

See for yourself, the video is can be viewed at You can also read the space needs assessment in the packet section of the town council meeting on 10/18/2021.

The architect also said the estimated cost of the police station would be $15-20 million. He didn’t want to be quoted on these costs, but residents should be aware that the total projects could cost around $45 million. He also said that the two projects do not have to be done at the same time.

I believe the best approach would be for the police station be done first. Our bond service limit would support 7.5 million for each of the next two years, or $15 million. In two years the amount we can bond increases dramatically where it would be reasonable to consider $25 million for a senior center. The bond service limit allows for town budgeting to be done without increasing taxes because of these bonding costs.

Alan D. Mickel


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