At the recent Town Meeting Alex Grant criticized the Select Board for not having a "capital plan" for improvement of the town's infrastructure. Furthermore, he stated that without a capital plan the town was wasting money including projects like the Maple Road water and sewer repairs.
Paul Santaniello, current chairman of the Longmeadow Select Board responded to this criticism by Alex Grant at the Select Board meeting earlier this week. He stated that the Town of Longmeadow does have a capital plan for infrastructure improvements including both town and school department needs. It is a "rolling" 5 year plan which is updated annually. The Maple Road project was on the list but because of funding considerations, the long overdue improvements were not initiated until last fall.
Stephen Crane, the new Town Manager for Longmeadow took the opportunity during the Town Meeting to state that the interim town manager (Mr. Barry Del Castilho) was incorrect when he stated that there was no capital fund. It is true that the town lacks a capital funding plan.
For those people who are reading this blog post and are interested in seeing the details of the Capital Plan, here are the links:
Mr. Grant.... it is time to move on to other issues.