Cohasset Advisors Say Senior Center needs Town Meeting Vote

Cohasset Advisory Chair Peter Pescatore says the Cohasset Social Service League has done an admirable job of raising funds for a new senior center to be located next to the Cohasset Swim Center on Pond Street.

But he and his committee are in agreement that it is long past the time for Town Meeting to accept the project. Pescatore said while reports are that the private fundraising group has raised almost $2 million in donations, and that another $500,000 will need to be raised via general funding, he has seen nothing on paper. “We don’t want to arrive at a key ceremony band discover nobody understands it.”  He said a project of this magnitude could trigger an override.

Also, Pescatore noted that Town Meeting approval could aid the Social Service League in its fundraising efforts.

The annual budget for the Cohasset Senior Center is $239,000. Pescatore said town meeting should be told what projected annual costs will be for building maintenance and staffing. Also, Pescatore suggested that town counsel be asked to weigh in on the project.

In related advisory news, the committee voted:

A.   a reserve fund transfer for $10,000 maximum for the relocation/upgrade of emergency center comunication infrastructure (police and fire radios and wiring).

B.  a 10,000 reserve fund transfer for the selectmen’s police chief search activity.

C. a $10,000 reserve fund transfer for the design and permitting of the Cedar Street Landvill with regard to methane gas leakage on the western slope.





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