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Playground + Pool + Construction = Be Aware & Have FUN!

On Monday, the Pool will open with COVID precautions in place. To give families better access between the pool, tot lot, and sport court, our construction team from Consigli changed the configuration of the green stormwater barriers so that you can get to the pool and play areas from the Brooks parking lot.

NOTE: During the week, this is a very busy construction area! As a pedestrian, the safest way to the playground is from the trail near the Hartwell Pods:

Consigli also moved the barriers to allow access to the trail to Lincoln Station:

The Outreach Team wishes everyone a happy, healthy 4th of July! Come out to watch (or sign up to be in!) the Reverse Parade and join the Virtual Firecracker Run! https://facebook.com/events/s/july-4th-virtual-community-run/1230540383812067/?ti=icl

Demolition is Underway!

This week, Phase 1 demolition began in earnest! To break down the work being done, the building has been divided into 8 sections (A through H). Phase 1 will include sections D, E, F, G, and H (See the image below to learn which parts of the building are included).  This phase will be completed by the Fall of 2021, and then work will begin on Phase 2, which is comprised of sections A, B, and C. 

Here are photos from this week:

Navigating the Campus During Phase 1

Phase 1 construction is underway! This is very exciting and it also means that getting around the Ballfield Road campus has changed. When you walk, cycle, or drive to the school, you’ll notice more green stormwater barriers and more fencing. The school is situated in the middle of wetlands and the barriers are there to protect the stream and wetlands from construction debris. We ask for your help in keeping these barriers intact both to protect our water and to help us avoid the expense of replacing broken barriers. Thank you for your patience!

Click here to see the “look-ahead” construction schedule and here for the budget update from the last SBC meeting.

Campus access during Phase 1 of construction.

Thank you

Yesterday, 282 registered voters came together under a huge tent on a brilliant June morning for Town Meeting. The SBC is grateful to the community for approving the additional funds for the project – we know it was not an easy decision, and the show of support for the warrant article was very much appreciated!

After Town Meeting was over (only 90 minutes!), members of the SBC, the School Committee, other boards and committees, and our project team marked the official start of construction with some photos on the center field. We thank the representatives from SMMA, Daedalus, and Consigli for attending Town Meeting and supplying us with nifty hard hats and ceremonial shovels. We’re also grateful to Tyler Ory for his excellent drone photography – if we weren’t wearing masks, there would more than one photo of everyone gaping as it flew overhead!

Most importantly, we thank all of you. It has taken a lot of engagement and support from residents to get us to this point. We look forward to sharing the project’s progress as it unfolds!

SBC Meeting on Wednesday, 7:00pm, via Zoom

Link to meeting will be posted with the agenda on Monday. Agendas and minutes can be found here.

Final countdown!

Link to the 2nd SBC Forum on June 8th:

https://zoom.us/rec/play/7JR4c-mrpm43H9HEtASDA6UtW43ofays1nAb_PIJxEm9WyQENAb3YrFAZuZvTavHAOBzuZA4orgDG9Wc?startTime=1591661065000

Town Meeting will be live-streamed on Facebook!

You DO NOT need to have a Facebook account. Just click the link below on Saturday morning (9:30am). REMEMBER, you may watch remotely, but there is no way to ask questions or vote remotely (per state law).

https://facebook.com/events/s/outdoor-town-meeting-2020/264967877942481/?ti=icl

Ready for Town Meeting?

With fingers crossed for blue skies and gentle breezes, we are ready for Town Meeting on Saturday!

Logistics – see campus map below

  • 8:15 Voter check-in begins  
    • Voters will get a pre-assembled packet with handouts, voting card, paper, and a pencil for writing down questions
    • There will be a first aid station with hand sanitizer, extra masks, water, etc.
    • Volunteers who are handing things out will be wearing gloves and masks
  • 9:30 Town Meeting begins

Prep Materials


Take a virtual tour of the school!  

Lincoln Middle School Principal, Sharon Hobbs, created a video documenting each room of the school as it currently looks. It’s about 40 minutes long, and the 1st half features the Smith School and the 2nd half Brooks. It will be fun to compare the “before and after” in 2 years’ time.  Thank you, Sharon!

Project Progress

  • The elementary school has been moved into the temporary classrooms
  • The middle school has moved into the Smith end of the building
  • Construction fencing is going up
  • Earth is being moved
  • Click here to see photos!

Just for Fun – How do you secure a tent that big?

This Time Was Different…

Over the past 18 months, the SBC has gone through several rounds of lengthy and difficult decision-making to cut costs and keep the project on budget. At each step we used our core project values to make tough choices, and through the 90% construction document phase, we were able to make cuts without impinging on those values too much.

The last round was different.

In December, the project went out to bid and the marketplace got to have its say. Now we saw the impact of a combining a complex, phased renovation with a hot construction market and changing trade policy. The bids came in $3.5M over budget. So…we rolled up our sleeves once again – February was rough! Cutting $3.5 million out of the project meant that the SBC, for the first time, needed to eliminate parts of the project that we had tried really hard to protect. Parts of the project that represent our collective community values.  Values identified after years of community conversation and collaboration.

As a result, we are asking residents to approve using $829K from Free Cash to restore 8 items (below).

To quote Chris Fasciano, SBC Chair, “…the SBC is acutely aware of the pressure of the current [COVID and financial] situation and we have given this request a lot of thought. In the end, we feel the responsibility of delivering a school project that has the most long-term value for our investment. We don’t want to look back in five years and regret that we didn’t present the community with a choice about whether or not to include these pieces of the project.”

Want to learn more? Have questions?

  • Watch the 1st SBC Public Forum here.
  • Fill out this questionnaire (the link to the video is also imbedded) and ask questions.
  • Register to attend the SBC Public Forum on Monday, June 8th @8:00pm

Just for fun…What does the school look like from up in the air? (scroll down to find the answer!)

Have you registered to attend an SBC Public Forum?

Town Meeting is in 10 days! Do you have questions about the school project vote? Join us at one of the following virtual public forums. Want to ask a question ahead of time? Email us at sbc@lincnet.org

June 4th SBC Public Forum, 1:00pm via Zoom

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMvceCsrz0pGt1A7qYxnlPMcq-lkqRoy-H7

June 8th SBC Public Forum, 8:00pm via Zoom

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEsduChqDkoE9wL-nzLlwfL8q5Jb2SSo09W

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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School Project Vote @ Town Meeting

Town Meeting is on Saturday, June 13th at 9:30am in the Hartwell parking lot.

Because of COVID-19, this year’s Town Meeting is going to be set up quite a bit differently from usual. For starters, it will be outside! Also, it will be focused entirely on the Town’s budget and other financial warrants, one of which is the SBC’s request to use $829K from Free Cash to add 8 items back into the project. Another change is that all of the slide presentations are being done ahead of time and posted on the Town Meeting page of the Town’s website. In addition, boards and committees (including the SBC on June 4th and June 8th!) are holding virtual public meetings/forums to give residents the opportunity to ask questions. Here is a list of all the virtual meetings:

To get a sense of what to expect the morning of Town Meeting, below are two maps showing the set up for the day. Public Safety, Parks & Recreation, the Moderator, Selectmen, Board of Health, and Lincoln’s administrative team are all working together to finalize the logistics. Please join the Town Meeting Overview/BOS Listening Session via Zoom on June 12th to learn more and ask questions!

What’s Happening…With Construction?…At Town Meeting?

Construction Phase Begins!

Faculty and staff have been very busy packing up the school! Grades K-4 are getting ready to move into the temporary school and grades 5-8 will move into Smith. On June 8th Brooks will be turned over to Consigli and will officially become a construction site. Between now and then, there is a lot going on. For those who like the details, click here for the 4-week look-ahead schedule.


Town Meeting is Saturday, June 13th, 9:30am, Hartwell Parking Lot

In March, the SBC had planned to request up to ~$2M to restore items to the project that were eliminated when the construction bids came in $3.5M over the final estimates. Because Town Meeting was postponed due to COVID-19 and with the revised guidance of the Finance Committee, the SBC took another look at the proposed list of items and has reduced its request to $829K. Originally, there were 19 items on the list, one of which was restored to the project through negotiations with a subcontractor (yippee!) The SBC looked at the remaining 18 and asked the following questions: 1) What is the decision deadline for the item? 2) Can the item be added at a later date? 3) If it can be added, what is the potential cost impact? Below are two charts that summarize that analysis. 

SBC Virtual Community Forums: Thursday, June 4th @ 1:00pm & Monday, June 8th @ 8:00pm – details TBA. Much more information about Town Meeting can be found at http://www.lincolntown.org/1116/2020-Annual-Town-Meeting

Just for Fun…

Town Meeting will be held outdoors under a tent in the Hartwell parking lot. How big do you think the tent is? Click here for the answer. 

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