I was concerned by recent statements by Gloucester Board of Supervisors’ chairman John Meyer that he refuses to accept the recommendations of the Gloucester Capital Improvement Plan Advisory Committee because “there seems to be a strong bias toward the schools.”
Mr. Meyer appears surprised that Gloucester schools—with more than $216 million in physical assets (including property, buildings, contents, buses)—would have the most capital improvement projects recommended for the coming years, among other county departments.
Projects like replacing school HVACs, lighting and roofs are vital to maintaining our multi-million facilities. As any homeowner knows, putting off repairs and necessary improvements typically means that problems get worse, and that more repairs are needed later, at greater expense, often on an emergency basis. Making needed repairs and improvements on a planned basis over several years to our school properties i...
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