I would like to endorse Council Chairman Tony Payne’s words of caution: Falmouth and the voters should go through a comprehensive evaluation of the disposition of Plummer-Motz and Lunt schools before concluding on their eventual utilization.
The committee led by Councilor Cathy Breen recommending the relocation of the Town Hall and library seems premature and lacking hard financial data, and even the soft data suggest a $4 million loan would be necessary to cover the proposed relocation costs. Loan payments and higher operating costs would add about $500,000 to the annual town budget.
Residents should additionally question whether the costs of continuing to maintain the two buildings have been factored into the equation.
As Payne points out, this piece of public land – some 20 acres at the intersection of Middle and Lunt roads – is essentially surrounded by residential properties and not appropriate for renewed town purposes. Viable alternatives have apparently not been thoroughly explored, but should be. Perhaps these resources can be allocated to greater use and create more value in the private sector as taxpaying properties.
Any good steward of taxpayer assets would ensure that Falmouth receive the best value for its investment over the years. What’s the rush?
Vincent E. Furey Jr.