City of Somerville
Massachusetts

Agenda Item
191378

24 Requesting approval to appropriate $115,000 from the remaining balance of $416,933 from the Argenziano School Construction Project to fund the construction of an outdoor Ice Skating Rink adjacent to the Veterans Memorial Ice Rink.

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Department:Auditing & PayrollSponsors:
Category:Mayor's RequestFunctions:Appropriation/Budget

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To the Honorable Board:

 

I hereby request, subject to the approval of your Honorable Board, an appropriation of $115,000 from the remaining balance of $416,933 from the Argenziano School Construction Project to fund the construction of an outdoor ice skating rink adjacent to the Veterans Memorial Ice Rink on Somerville Avenue.

 

The Argenziano School Construction Project has been completed. An unexpended balance of $416,933 remains from the $35,728,596 appropriated. Chapter 44, Section 20 of the Massachusetts General Laws states that the remaining proceeds “may at any time be appropriated by a city, town, or district for any purposes for which a loan may be incurred for an equal or longer period of time than that for which the original loan, including temporary debt, was issued.”

 

The Argenziano School Construction Project was authorized under Ch.44, Section 7, Subsection 3 of the M.G.L., which prescribes a borrowing period of twenty (20) years.

 

Similarly, the borrowing for new building construction for the Outdoor Ice Skating Rink would be authorized under Ch.44, Section 7, Subsection 3 of the M.G.L. which also prescribes a borrowing period of twenty (20) years. The new building construction costs for the Outdoor Ice Skating Rink constitute a “like purpose” so the unexpended balance from the Argenziano School Construction Project may be appropriated to defray costs for the construction.

 

The total cost of the project, which includes targeted renovations to the existing Veterans Memorial Ice Rink, is expected to be approximately $2.7 million. Debt service expenses will be secured by program revenues and outside sources.

 

Favorable action by your Honorable Board will eliminate the need to borrow $115,000 as part of the construction costs. A two-thirds vote of your Honorable Board is required to approve this measure.

 

Thank you for your consideration.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Joseph A. Curtatone

Mayor

Meeting History

May 12, 2011 7:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting
RESULT:REFERRED FOR RECOMMENDATION
May 25, 2011 7:00 PM  Finance Committee Committee Meeting

The Veterans’ Memorial Ice Rink does not meet the demand for additional use, therefore, the city is proposing to build an additional rink, owned and controlled by the City, that would allow for increased year-round recreational use for Somerville youths and residents. The total estimated cost of building an additional rink is $2,691,909. The City has reached an agreement, in principle, whereby Clear Channel would pay $125,000 per year to the City for 25 years as an impact fee. The agreement includes the upgrade of certain billboards to digital, removal of certain billboards and the construction of a new billboard on Route 93. In total, Clear Channel would pay $3,125,000 in fees. The expectation is, that as the rink’s revenues grow over time, these annual Clear Channel funds would be diverted to other capital projects.

The first step in constructing the new ice rink is to install pumps that are designed to chill the new rink’s ice. The cost for this portion of the project is $40,200 and due to the mechanics of the chiller, installation of the new rink’s pumps has to be completed while the current rink is closed, which will be until June 30, 2011.

Chairman Heuston submitted a letter from resident John Buchheit, et al, asking that consideration be given to abutters when planning projects such as this. The Planning Department will work to address abutter’s concerns and the Greek Orthodox Church will host overflow parking during rink events. The final completion date of the new rink is expected to be December 9, 2011.

The committee heard from several individuals in support of an additional rink, including SHS Headmaster Joe Ciccarelli and representatives of various hockey teams and programs. Alderman Roche was unable to attend this meeting due to the Ward One ResiStat Meeting being held at the same time, but asked to be recorded as being in favor of skating rink renovations for the outdoor rink.

The committee requested last year’s revenue and expense figures to determine how much of the present rink was self funded and also requested a breakdown of the projected revenues for the new rink. The committee also asked that the Administration provide a plan of future recreational endeavors being considered.

The committee also mentioned that the punch list for the Argenziano School needs to be completed.

RESULT:APPROVED
May 26, 2011 7:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting
RESULT:APPROVED. [UNANIMOUS]
AYES:John M. Connolly, Bruce M. Desmond, Dennis M. Sullivan, William A. White Jr., Maryann M. Heuston, Thomas F. Taylor, Rebekah L. Gewirtz, Robert C. Trane
ABSENT:William M. Roche, Walter F. Pero, Sean T. O’Donovan