New generator to come to Rochester Council on Aging

Sep 19, 2023

ROCHESTER — It’s time for an upgrade. The Rochester Council on Aging will soon receive a new power generator to keep the building running for years to come.

The Rochester Select Board voted to approve a contract with South Shore Generators, the supplier of the new Council on Aging generator, at a meeting on Monday, Sept. 18.

“We decided on a contractor that was the most in-depth, gave the most information, was the most thorough and [was] definitely the most impressive,” said Rochester Facilities Manager Andrew Daniel.

According to Rochester Town Administrator Glenn Cannon, the project to replace the generator will move forward “as soon as possible.”

“We’re going to move the old generator to town property until we can decide what we’re doing with that one,” said Daniel.

The total cost to replace the generator will be $70,414.50, said Cannon.

The town received a $32,000 Federal Emergency Management Agency grant to help cover the cost of the generator and another $43,000 allocated from free cash at Town Meeting brought the total supply of funds up to $75,000 for the project.

According to Cannon, “the existing generator is old and has required numerous repairs.”

“Whatever the future might hold [for the Council on Aging,]” said Daniels. “[The generator] will be big enough forever.”