One of DPIC's top priorities is to improve the maintenance of Downtown. The Selectman's Town Maintenance Committee recently completed a Downtown Maintenance Study. The goal of the study was to clarify how maintenance is currently handled in town and how it may be improved upon. The study included a summation of annual maintenance costs, a breakdown of which department was responsible for which tasks, and a rough estimate of how much it would cost to outsource. A working group within DPIC is discussing how to improve upon existing systems, the possible creation of a downtown maintenance entity to coordinate all related tasks, and brainstorming cost-effective long term solutions.
- On July 20, 2017, the working group presented a plan for short term Parker Harding improvements. The proposed plan would consolidate dumpsters to a central location with new high capacity trash and recycling compactors, as well as improve the area behind Starbucks/Freshii by adding an extended sidewalk and outdoor tables. On that date, DPIC approved a resolution in support of this proposal as it would greatly improve the sanitation, aesthetics, parking and traffic conditions in Parker Harding.