Select Board establishes Municipal Facilities Optimization Committee

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Select Board establishes Municipal Facilities Optimization Committee
The Shrewsbury Select Board recently formed a Municipal Facilities Optimization Committee. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

SHREWSBURY – The Select Board on April 23 formed the Municipal Facilities Optimization Committee.

With the town currently challenged with space deficiencies at municipal buildings, the Select Board opted to form a committee to evaluate space needs, address the town’s concerns and determine the town’s next steps. The formation of the committee follows an earlier presentation from Town Manager Kevin Mizikar demonstrating the lack of space at the Department of Public Works facilities on South Street. Shrewsbury has also had space concerns about Town Hall in the past.

“We’re looking to put together a Building Committee to think through a way to address all those needs,” Select Board Chair Beth Casavant said.

The five-member committee will be composed of three residents, one Select Board member and Mizikar or his chosen designee. According to Casavant, there has already been resident interest in serving on the committee. 

The committee will be tasked with recommending a preferred South Street facility design concept and budget to the Select Board by Sept. 10. The design would likely be on the Special Town Meeting warrant in October, with a town-wide vote possible in November.

After delivering a recommendation in September, the committee will continue to exist, said Mizikar.

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