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Water treatment service to return by spring

If all goes according to plan, the Coolidge Avenue Water Treatment Plant will be back in service between February and June of next year.

“It’s an incredibly aggressive schedule – incredibly aggressive,” said Leah Stanton of Weston and Sampson during the Sept. 28 City Council meeting.

The plant has been closed since it was severely damaged by a three-alarm fire on March 13. It was later determined that the blaze was caused by birds that chewed through electrical wires while nesting on the roof.

“The plant’s been offline, let’s get this thing up and running,” said Stanton.

The city’s insurance provider has put the total damage at approximately $3.3 million. Within that figure, Stanton said Peabody would be responsible for about $200,000. She also said it will take “12-14 weeks” to get new pumps and filtration equipment delivered to the plant for installation.

Councillor-at-Large David Gravel said he appreciated Stanton’s update. “It helps to enlighten people on how slow it is to do something with public funds,” he said. “It’s like this crazy elongation of a timeline.”

Councillor-at-Large Anne Manning-Martin said the roof, which was completely destroyed in the fire, was replaced in July. However, crews have not been able to get inside the building, as it remains structurally unsafe. “All that can be done is being done as fast as possible,” said Manning-Martin.

In other news, the council voted unanimously to appoint Matthew Genzale of Julie Circle as an alternate member of the Planning Board and Gerry Kruczkowski of Colonial Road as an alternate member of the Conservation Commission.

Genzale has owned MRG Construction Management since 2011. Prior to his current position, Genzale was a senior project manager at Prism Builders in Wakefield.

Kruczkowski was a student monitor at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School from 2015-2017. For several years, he was a sales representative for companies such as Belmont Springs Water, TruGreen Chemlawn, Workplace Essentials and Curtis 1000.

The councillors also voted unanimously to grant a Special Permit to A Mom’s Village to operate a women’s gym and child enrichment center at 635-637 Lowell St. “We’re really excited about bringing our vision of making motherhood a little bit easier to Peabody,” said owner Stephanie Keohan.

Ward 6 Councillor Barry Sinewitz assured his colleagues that employment offers will be contingent on the results of CORI checks. “It won’t just be a gym where they throw teenagers in to watch the kids,” he said.

In addition, the council unanimously passed two motions regarding The Meadow at Peabody Golf Course. The first motion was to have the course evaluated by an outside company, and the second motion was to refinance the property over a 10-year period.

Sinewitz, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee on Municipal Golf Course/Skating Rink, said the course has encountered financial trouble and refinancing is a plausible solution. “They want to build a driving range for $40,000 – they don’t have any money,” said Sinewitz. “Even in a good year, I think they made $7,000.”

By Christopher Roberson

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