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Plugging the leaks in the fire department

Posted by Ralph Ranalli March 4, 2007 09:53 AM

NEWTON

While debate rages on about how to pay for the many needs of the city’s older municipal buildings and outdated schools, a key aldermanic committee has backed spending $207,000 to replace the roof on Fire Station No. 7.

Now the full board must approve the cost. Officials backed the fix at the Newton Upper Falls station because leaks and other problems affected “not only quality of life but essential safety” of firefighters, said Jeremy Solomon, spokesman for Mayor David B. Cohen.

Alderman Paul Coletti, chairman of the aldermen’s Finance Committee, said the measure went through with little debate. Coletti said he hopes the job goes out to bid soon.

“We’ve approved a lot of these projects, and none of the stuff is getting done,” said the alderman at large from Ward 5.

Solomon, however, pointed out that designs for repairs of the roof and windows at Fire Station 4 in Newtonville are underway. The work, estimated to cost $190,000, should start soon, he said.

Solomon said further major repairs of other city buildings will likely wait for the completion of a survey of all the city's capital needs.

-- Connie Paige

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