Committee Actions and Events

Inside Rehoboth Town Hall 2018
Inside Rehoboth Town Hall 2018

Chronology of Actions and Events

Municipal Building Study Committee was formed by the BOS and charged, August 20, 2018. The Town has retained CGA Project Management, LLC, Fall River, Massachusetts, as a resource for the Committee. Architect Edward Rowse, East Providence, Rhode Island, is volunteering his services to the Committee.

BOS discussion, BOS meeting of November 5, 2018 – BOS supports the MBSC’s recommendation of Plan 3, to develop a full architectural design including actual bids, so all details and costs are known to the voters. This is different from the previous approach that presented only conceptual plans and estimated costs.

During later fall 2018 and early spring 2019 the Committee systematically consulted department heads, other town officials, and workers using town facilities. The result was a detailed itemization of space needs by function and meeting requirements for service, codes, and standards. The consulting architect then drew up conceptual floor plans that meet these needs.

BOS discussion, BOS meeting of January 7, 2019 – BOS will work with the MBSC to prepare a $1.1M warrant item for the spring 2019 annual town meeting.

BOS discussion, BOS meeting of March 11, 2019 – BOS discussion with the MBSC, preference to move the $1.1M warrant item to the fall 2019 special town meeting.

A first public Information Session was held on April 18, 2019, at 4:00 pm in the Town Hall Meeting Room, for town employees and any others interested. The Committee reviewed progress in planning that may lead to approval of new Rehoboth municipal facilities. Participants made good suggestions about the process. Participation by town workers was on a voluntary basis, on their own time.

During Spring 2019 the Committee considered new requirements for OSHA and other building standards and requirements. The Committee also reviewed previous needs assessments, such as the Russo-Barr 2018 study, to project current costs to renovate existing facilities as opposed to building new. The Committee has reviewed energy efficiency options, and will do a more thorough study as engineering and architectural details are decided. 

In the September 2019 meeting it was clear that the $1.1M warrant item cannot be ready for the fall 2019 special town meeting, which is also already a full meeting without the additional consideration. The warrant item will be delayed to the spring 2020 annual town meeting.

The Rehoboth Reporter included in its November 2019 edition a two-page article, “Is the Rehoboth Town Hall Unfit for Workers,” bylined Joe Siegel.

A public Information Session was held on November 19, 2019 at 7:00 pm in the Senior Center. After a slide show presentation led by member David Foss, a robust discussion from town residents in attendance covered many aspects and made many suggestions. The committee thanks the members of the public who participated and acknowleges how valuable the input was that we received.

Future public information sessions are being announced for February 18, 2020 – 5:30 pm – Tuesday – Senior Center; and March 11, 2020 – 7:00 pm – Wednesday  – Senior Center.

[Revised January 14, 2020]

Municipal Building Study Committee Business Meetings Held

Monday, August 20, 2018

Monday, September 17, 2018

Monday, October 1, 2018

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Wednesday, December 18, 2018

Wednesday, January 16, 2018

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Wednesday, March 4, 2019

Wednesday, March 19, 2019

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Monday, April 29, 2019

Monday, May 20, 2019

Monday, September 30, 2019

Monday, November 4, 2019

Monday, December 2, 2019

Monday, January 13, 2020