Feb 192014

special BOS MeetingThe Special Board of Selectmen’s meeting tonight at 5 p.m. drew a standing room only crowd even though there was no public comment portion on the agenda.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and vote on whether or not to recommend phases 2 and 3 of the Peck Place Remediation plan  to the Board of Finance.

For those who could not attend, I will cut to the chase and let you know that after much discussion, the selectmen did indeed vote unanimously in favor of recommending both phases to the Finance Board.

Many things came to the forefront during the meeting, including the fact that saving Peck Place School and making it safe for students, teachers and staff to occupy will cost a little more than $2 million, along with the answer to one of the questions that has been bothering parents since January 6, when water pipes broke and flooded parts of the school.

When water pipes break they release about 19 gallons per minute. Parents have been asking, “Did an alarm go off? Did anyone react?”

Mike Luzzi, Facility Director for the Board of Education had the answer.

When the ceiling collapsed, the smoke head fell down from the water load and impacted the alarm system. No one got a call from the alarm company because the problem did not come in as a “water flow” alarm due to the damage it read as a “system in trouble.”

Rest assured, when the school is completed, it will have a water flow alarm.

End of initial report on meeting (for those who did not attend)


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