The Global Facilities Committee’s mission will be to take a comprehensive “global” look at all of the town’s facility needs.
First Selectman Gayle Weinstein said, “We know we want to get rid of the Town Hall Annex [a portable building at the end of its life expectancy]. We know there is declining student enrollment, so there is probably additional space in the schools.” In addition, a space needs study has determined that the police need up to three times as much space as they have now, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is requesting more room, including sleeping quarters, Ms. Weinstein said.
“All of this is stuff I can’t decide on in a vacuum,” the first selectman said. “We need to discuss it in a transparent, thoughtful manner so the public knows our long-term plans.”
The committee will consist of the first selectman, the chairman and vice chairman or their designees of the finance and education boards, the chairman or a designee of the Building Committee, the town administrator, and the superintendent. Any staff the members feel are needed — such as, for example, the schools’ director of finance or director of facilities, or the town engineer — could also be asked to attend meetings, Ms. Weinstein said.
The committee was formalized, the first selectman said, because there was concern that the meetings taking place between some of the parties were not publicly noticed and some members of the public expressed an interest in attending and participating in the discussions.