above on Town Seal to go to the official Town of Weston
website; our "Central
Part of Town" page - and a picture story on the High School Auditorium redo!
T O W N O F
W E S T O N &/ S C H O O L R
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FROM APRIL 13, 2011 BUILDING COMMITTEE MEETING; TOWN WEBSITE BID DOCUMENTS
An example of the window to be used at Weston High School project
(silver one). See more here.
Old areas of the Weston High
School have few and little windows and no air conditioning...and a
large component prime for remediation
Why necessary? Because many, many years ago, the Town of
Weston ran out of money when
building the high school (in the 1960's) and it had been designed then
conditioning. No money available for redesign either, we presume!
The Building Committee 2012 sends out specifications for the bidding
process that will be both excellent
design that is consistent with the TAC prize-winning high school design
(original part), economical and healthier - fresh air supplied via more
windows (example above).
LIBRARY ROOF MONEY'S IN HAND...WILL GET A NEW BOILER,
THE PARTIAL ROOF REPLACEMENT FINISHED - FINAL BILLS APPROVED 4-13-11.
WESTON LIBRARY PARTIAL ROOF
REPLACEMENT TO FINISHED A MONTH LATE...OR SO.
the plan for parking for
Library users and staff as well as the public at Town Hall - and of
course deliveries, once the roof contractor is on site for the
worked out a bit late, but it was a terrible winter. They
worked on the rear first - then they worked on the front and
"cricket repair." NOTE: New boiler to be installed as soon
as it can be arranged to do so.
- How about other
efficiencies for the future?
search complete - Karen Takarka hired!
Looks To Technology To Improve Efficiency; Radio Frequency Identification Designed
To Help Track Materials
By AMANDA FALCONE,
September 20, 2010
In a few weeks, staff and volunteers
at the Wethersfield Public Library will begin the laborious task of
sticking small white tags on the library's more than 100,000 items.
The tags are a key part of a new
radio frequency identification system, a new way of tracking materials.
Wethersfield is one of a few libraries in Greater Hartford preparing to
use the system.
Librarians say the radio frequency
identification system could help streamline taking inventory, enhance
library oversight of materials and allow patrons to check out and
return their own items. That would free library staff to help patrons
find what they need or run programs.
Radio frequency identification
relies on tags applied to library materials. The tags emit radio
signals that allow multiple items to be counted quickly at the same
Most libraries currently use a bar
code system, which means items are counted one by one by an employee
using an optical scanner. Many libraries look to the radio frequency
identification system as the next technological step, said George
Christian, executive director of Library Connection, a consortium in
Of Library Connection's 27 members,
only Simsbury's library has made the switch to radio frequency
identification tags. It just started using its new system, with its
self-checkout station that doubles as a place to pay late fines, last
week. It must still install a few more self-checkout stations and an
automated book drop before the project is complete.
Wethersfield Public Library is next
in line to get the radio frequency system. It is preparing to install
the necessary equipment, and the town council recently agreed to use 3M
as the vendor for the project, which is expected to cost a total of
Other libraries would like to
install a radio frequency system, but don't have funding in place,
Christian said. Although the systems are relatively expensive, the idea
is to free staff from routine services so that they can improve
efficiency and give better service, he said.
In Simsbury, the library spent
$147,000 in federal funds to purchase radio frequency identification
equipment. Its Friends of the Library group bought the necessary
Library Director Susan Bullock said
Simsbury decided to switch to a radio frequency system while drawing up
plans for a renovation project that was completed in 2008. She said she
knew she needed a lot of technology to operate a bigger library without
hiring more workers.
Bullock hopes radio frequency
identification will help ease the burden. "It really changes the way
work flows in the library," she said.
In Wethersfield, an increase in
library use prompted Director Laurel Goodgion to push for funding for
radio frequency identification.
"It's a struggle to keep up the
pace," she said, noting that her library was visited by more than
185,000 people last fiscal year, and 363,390 items were borrowed — 15
percent more than in the previous fiscal year.
Goodgion attributes the increase in
library use to the bad economy and to renovation work that has made the
library more attractive. She can't hire more workers, but can improve
productivity, she said.
Wethersfield hopes to start using a
radio frequency identification system next fall. The project will be
done in phases and is expected to be completed in 2015.
Currently, the library only has
money for the first phase, which includes tagging all the items and
using radio frequency for self-checkouts and returns. The $63,600 is a
combination of local dollars, a grant from the Hartford Foundation for
Public Giving and money from the library's trust fund.
Special Board of Selectmen's meeting April 26, continued to April 29 -
awarding of contract on the agenda.
bidder very experienced and working hard...
COMMITTEE JOB THE WESTON MIDDLE SCHOOL ROOF: Results ("Yes") of Special Town Meeting here.
Meeting voted "Yes" (@250 - FORUM undercounted, we think -
but maybe they were correct, since we saw them talking to the
Registrars of Voters. Bids came in at 2pm Wednesday March 24,
2010 - simple numbers (the full bids are being evaluated by H.B.
Fishman and will, we think, be discussed at the next Building Committee
meeting/Selectmen's meeting) ranged from $1,775k TO $2,987k among 8
The Referendum project as approved Nov. 15, 2001; School
Road in Weston in 1991(c) and a recent flight - photos from TerraServa
Entrance to Weston Middle School; Floor Plan, WMS with arts
center (not built); WMS has had additions made, including the
swimming pool (which can be used by all Westonites).
Some of the work done on the WMS during the Referendum...it seems the
School has looked the same forever (photo on the right has my 1984
Honda Prelude in it)!
GENTLEMEN, START YOUR ENGINES...ON
TOWN HALL ROOF REPLACEMENT PROJECT! FINISHED
SUCCESSFULLY!!! BUCKETS TRANSFERRED TO W.M.S.:
voted unanimously (3-0) on August
7th to proceed with roof replacement as the Historic District
(Wednesday, July 2, 2008).
Monday, January 19, 2009: workers hard at work altho' Town
Hall closed for MLK Day. Lookin' good!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008: looking to the east
(l.) looking west (r.) gives you a view of the work being done on
the new wing...
Tuesday, September 30, '08: grey day, prep work
around windows going forward; banging is getting to be usual as
the Town Hall roof replacement moves ahead!
By Wednesday, the three sides of the Town Hall with easy
pedestrian access had scaffolding in place. Some banging and
clanging - note that the cupola (center) had its paint scraped.
We photographed this bright and early Monday, September 22,
2008, as the Town Hall Roof replacement project got underway! No
banging and clanging that we heard, yet...
The Roofs of Weston: note that Town Hall leaks are to be a thing
of the past...how about WMS, the Library, DPW...etc.? And how
about a Police Station - more than just a roof here!
"Through the Roof"
watercolor of Weston Town Hall;
Weston Town Hall leaks in December 2007 and April 2008. Town Hall
addition @1986 in need of repair from water damage.
Weston Library (now, in 2010, due
for a new roof) addition under
construction (left), Weston High
School doubled in size during @2005; WHS roof
replaced on the old half of the building in 2007.
Weston Middle School roof next?
YUP! Lyons Plain Fire House? Old one (above, CENTER)
replaced in Joint
Development project sharing the cost 50-50 (of original price)
with the Town of Weston.
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