Revised Capital Plan Includes $5 Million for Consentino

Albert B. Consentino School entrance with banner placed after a pipe break damaged the school.

Mayor James J. Fiorentini.

Mayor James J. Fiorentini.

A revised five-year capital improvement plan (CIP) for future city buildings and property spending over the next four years proposes, among other things, a $5 million renovation of Consentino middle school.

Mayor James J. Fiorentini is scheduled to present his latest capital improvement recommendations, between the current and next four fiscal years, during tonight’s city council meeting. The Consentino line item would be funded in the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018, according to City Clerk Linda L. Koutoulas. Also, according to documents, other proposed school building projects include spending, in the following year, a total $675,000 for repairs and new school lockers at John Greenleaf Whittier School. Meanwhile, during Thursday’s school committee meeting, Fiorentini said with a new Hunking school being built and others needing repairs, the schools can not become, what he called, “a tale of two cities.”

“And we must plan for the future. I agree with that completely for the children of the Consentino and Tilton school,” Fiorentini said. “And you’ll see in my capital plan that I’ve asked in future years, once the Nettle bond comes up, that we set aside some money in order to make some repairs at the Tilton and Consentino school.”

For the current year, ending June 30, Fiorentini is proposing to transfer from free cash, a total $1,937,500, including $300,000 to “finish the repairs of the East Broadway bridge,” $200,000 for “emergency repairs to the Goecke (parking) deck” and, as WHAV previously reported, $1.2 million to repair and replace damaged and aging sidewalks. Other projects listed in the transfer request include $50,000 to design the next section of the Bradford Rail Trail.

WHAV placed calls to Chief of Staff David S. Van Dam for details but he could not be reached by deadline. The CIP document, however, does not list Tilton School among school building projects.

“The creation of this CIP is based on the best information available at the time of development with some projects requiring additional price and scope information,” according to an executive summary statement. “In addition, a capital budget plan is a fluid document subject to change each year as priorities change and additional information becomes available.”

The Haverhill City Council meets at 7 p.m., tonight, in Theodore A. Pelosi Jr. Council Chambers at Haverhill City Hall.

One thought on “Revised Capital Plan Includes $5 Million for Consentino

  1. It is about time you paid attention to Consentino and Tilton. Funny that people are wondering if that pipe didn’t break would you be spending any money at all up there ? I mean really it only took you a few years to realize a leaking roof at J.G.Whittier should be fixed.