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Officials consider consolidation of maintenance for all public buildings

March 15, 2010
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SUDBURY, MA — Town officials are moving forward in a plan to consolidate the maintenance and facilities departments for all public buildings — including schools, according to the Metro West Daily News.

According to the story, a vote will be held at the April 5 annual town meeting on Article 16, which would give the town the authority to create a centralized public facilities maintenance department.

Because this is only the first step towards a consolidated maintenance department for the town, no funding or hiring is being proposed at this time, but will be considered in the future if planning is authorized by the vote, the story stated.

Chuck Woodard, Finance Committee chairman, said: "To the extent that we look at managing the schools and the town in one effort, the idea makes a lot of sense. In any business with buildings and vehicles, you typically have one person responsible for the upkeep. Otherwise, if you don''t, it costs more for maintenance and (the buildings and vehicles) deteriorate faster."

According to the story, the decision to move forward is based on the agreement by town officials that facilities and general maintenance are in need of improvement.

Woodard added: "It''s long overdue. There are a lot of new buildings in the town and the School Department. Now is the time to maintain and watch over them so they last a long time."
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