Fay donates $100K toward new public safety building

by susan on September 9, 2009

Earlier this summer Fay School committed $100K over 10 years toward the purchase of a new ladder truck for the town. In a letter to the Municipal Facilities Committee last week, Fay pledged another $100K over 10 years toward a new public safety facility.

“Fay School values the safety of all members of the Southborough community and greatly appreciates the responsiveness and professionalism of the Southborough Police and Fire Departments,” Head of School Robert J. Gustavson Jr. said in the letter. “We have also been aware of the need for a new police station and are keenly interested in supporting this project.”

Selectwoman Bonnie Phaneuf called the donation “totally unexpected but very generous.”

The town is still figuring out whether to build a new police station or renovate the existing facility, but Gustavson said Fay will donate the money regardless of the direction the town chooses.

Fay is the first of the major non-profits in town to donate to the public safety facility. Fay, St. Mark’s, and the New England Center for Children have all donated to the ladder truck fund.

Gustavson closed his letter to the town with this comment:

Fay School is committed to being a good member of the community, and we appreciate our positive relationship with the Town of Southborough. Although as a non-profit institution our resources are limited, the ladder truck and the new police station are exactly the sort of initiatives that we seek to support.

In related news, the newly-formed PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) Committee met for the first time yesterday to distribute information and organize their work. Carriage Hill Circle resident Paul Levenson was named chair of the committee, and James Kane of Waterview Terrace was named co-chair. The committee plans to meet again in early October.

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