The Board of Trustees of the County Community College will meet
on Monday, June 23rd
Conference Room in the Administration Building. It is anticipated that the
Board will be discussing the results of the bids that will be submitted on
Thursday, June 19th
past practices of the Board, they will most likely award the contract for the
demolition of this historic building as they have been pushing to have the
mansion taken down as soon as possible. Despite the fact that the college
has stated publicly that they are short of funds, they are bent on spending a
large sum of money to wipe the mansion off the face of the map. The cost
estimate prepared by the college’s engineer called for allocating $ 175,000
for the demolition. In a recent newspaper article college President Mazur
said that they anticipated $250,000 to $300,000 to be the figure from the
bids to be submitted. It is apparent that the college is trying to ramp up the
figures in anticipation of high bid numbers.
at 5:00 PM in the second floor Administrative
for the demolition of the Horton Mansion. Based upon
The Newton Town Council will be meeting on Monday, June 23 at 7:00
PM at the Newton Municipal Building – 39 Trinity Street. Early in the
meeting the Council will be holding the second hearing on the ordinance
to deny the Horton Mansion the protection that the local designation
of a site as a historic building would afford it. This effort to derail the
unanimous recommendation of the Town Historic Preservation Commission
to designate the Horton Mansion is being lead by Mayor Joseph Ricciardo,
with the support of two other members of the Council. Deputy Mayor Kevin
Elvidge and Councilwoman Sandy Diglio strongly support the designation
of the mansion.
Your attendance at both meetings is critical to try and prevent the waste
of taxpayers money and the demolition of this significant historic structure.
We cannot permit the College and the Newton Town Council to rob the
public of yet another part of our past – our heritage. Lend a hand and
come out to the meetings and speak up. Let your voice be heard !