Why is the fence so expensive (I can put up a fence in my backyard for $xx)?
  • This is not the same fence that one would install for a residential property
  • The proposed fence fits the required Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) specifications
  • Costs of building products (e.g., steel) have increased due to COVID-19
  • The use of prevailing wages are required for this project:
  • Massachusetts General Laws (MGL) 30, Section 39M governs all public construction (including alterations, remodeling, etc.), and all projects are subject to prevailing wages, regardless of total project cost. This would apply to any labor related to any portion of the project.
  • In addition to local vendor recommendations, we used the MA Supplier Diversity Office, Supplier Diversity Program (SDP) directory of certified businesses to identify possible fence contractors.
  • We obtained three fence quotes (one SDP certified vendor); reached out to eight fence vendors.

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1. What is the Boroughs Loop Trail and why should you care about helping to close the gap?
2. How much would it cost to build this trail from scratch (for example if there was no existing access road and Southborough wanted to invest in building a new trail)?
3. Are you seeking other funding sources?
4. How will the project expand if the Trails Committee can leverage CPA funds for a MassTrails Grant?
5. Why is Southborough being asked to install a fence around this structure? What is the purpose of the fence?
6. Why is the fence so expensive (I can put up a fence in my backyard for $xx)?
7. What is the town’s liability if the town pays to install the fence?
8. What style of signage is being considered?
9. What outreach are you doing to connect with the trail neighbors?
10. Can I walk my dog on this trail?
11. Will there be parking?