Background
 
Participants at Town Meetings requested that a town-wide survey be conducted to help determine the priority of addressing Town-owned buildings/property.  Here is some of the history that led to that request.  The Town contracted with Architect Roy Brown in 2018 to complete a feasibility study to determine if renovation or demolition would be most appropriate for the Davenport Town Office building and the Fire Station.  The study also considered whether either of those sites could be reused if the buildings were demolished.  The conclusion was that neither building was worth renovating.  Mr. Brown recommended that the Town Office building (old Davenport School) be demolished and concluded that the site could be used to accommodate both a new Town Office building and Public Safety Complex.  He noted that new buildings would guarantee less maintenance and operating cost.  However, the Public Safety Complex Committee still had concerns about using the property at the Davenport site.  The full Study can be viewed by clicking here or opening the attachment on the Select Board page on the Town website. 

In August, 2018, after Mr. Brown’s Study had been published, the Select Board wanted to determine if there were other potential sites available.  They solicited proposals to purchase at least 3 acres of land within ½ mile of Town center.  Five responses were received.  The most advantageous was 6 North Road, which included a house, barn, and 11 acres of land.  It has frontage on both North and Main Roads, is across the street from the Fire Station, and abuts the back of the Community Center.  The Town negotiated and successfully purchased the property in March, 2019

A request for proposals was then issued by the Select Board to solicit bids for someone to purchase the house, barn, and 2 acres of land in August, 2019.  An informational meeting was held immediately following a Special Town Meeting on September 10, 2019 to discuss the RFP results.  The feedback from attendees, was to keep all 11 acres of the land.  Based on this feedback, the Select Board voted on September 30, 2019 to not accept the bid to purchase and to demolish the house and barn.

Notes:
  • A new Public Safety Complex would house the Fire and Police Departments as well as the office of the Emergency Management Director.
  • The Town Office Building (former Davenport School) was constructed in the 1940s and vacated as a school in 1995.  It now houses the offices of the Town Clerk, Building Department, Tax Collector, Assessors, Select Board, Historical Commission, and Police Department.  There is one general meeting room used as meeting and document storage space by the Board of Health, Conservation Commission, Planning Board, Finance Committee, and Zoning Board of Appeals.
  • The current Fire Station was built by volunteers on donated land around 1960.
  • The Community Center/Senior Center was renovated in 2000.
  • The Highway Garage renovation was completed in 2014.
 
Please take a few minutes to complete and return this survey by November 10, 2020 (DEADLINE EXTENDED).  It will be used to help guide future decisions about municipal infrastructure by Town officials.

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* 1. How many years have you lived in the Town of Chesterfield?

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* 2. The following is a list of Town-owned buildings. Please place a check mark next to the buildings that you have visited in the past three years. Check all that apply

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* 3. The following buildings have previously been identified as needing the most attention. Please rank them according to which building you believe the Town should invest funds to repair, renovate, or replace first. (Please order from 1 – 4, with 1 being the most important to address and 4 being the least important building to repair/replace.)

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* 4. The Town now owns 11 acres of land (formerly the Russell property) with frontage on both North Road and Main Road (property across from the current Fire Station and behind the Community Center). How would you suggest developing this property? Please check the options below that should be considered and/or provide your own suggestions. Check all that apply

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* 5. If both a new Public Safety Complex and Town Office building were going to be constructed, would you prefer to have: (Please order from 1 – 6, with 1 being the most important location to consider and 6 being the least important location to consider.)

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* 6. If the Davenport Town Office building were vacated, what would you suggest be done with the building and property? Choose One

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* 7. The Edwards Museum is a restored carriage house that currently houses the collection of the Historical Society, a private group. The collection is not owned by the Town but reflects the Town’s history. The building is in need of restoration, which has been estimated to cost between $40,000 and $60,000. What do you think should be done with the Edwards Museum building? Choose only one:

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* 8. The Town is participating in a feasibility study with other hilltowns through a PVPC grant to determine if emergency services could be regionalized. Chesterfield has benefited from other regionalized services such as the ambulance, school, Veterans’ agent, Emergency Management, and Building Inspector program. Would you be supportive of regionalizing emergency services (fire and/or police) if the feasibility study determined it would be beneficial?

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* 9. If you would like to leave additional comments or questions and wish to be contacted, please leave your information below (OPTIONAL).

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