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Anyone interested in placing a bid for the former police station on Bedford Street has until the end of next week to do so.



The Sutter administration is looking for minimum bids of 81 thousand dollars to cover taxes and fees and the cost to secure the building but City Administrator Cathy Ann Viveiros says an attractive bid for less would be considered.



The property is also eligible for state redevelopment tax credits because of its long standing status as a vacant building.


Bristol Seventh District State Representative Alan Silvia says he is watching to see what happens with legislation filed by Fifth District State Representative Patricia Haddad regarding energy alternatives during the current legislative session.



Silvia says he’s looking for immediate answers.




Massachusetts energy issues are beginning to impact the business outlook locally, as small businesses are scrambling for solutions. 


Fall River City Council Member Mike Miozza is cleaning up some issues as the outgoing Chair of the Health and Environmental Affairs Committee before his term on Council expires in January.


Among the issues is rates city retirees pay for prescription medicines, which will be the sole topic of a session Tuesday at Government Center.


Miozza says the city nearly joined the GIC program several years ago, before deciding to go with a plan design for its health insurance.



Miozza says discussions need to take place on what happens in the near term.



Tuesday session begins at 6 pm at Government Center.


The Fall River Police Department has reviewed dispatch procedures conducted during the hours before the August 22nd fire at the Coughlin School and has determined that a fire dispatcher did not follow department protocol.


The review determined that the dispatcher received a trouble signal on the fire alarm control panel and further determined a call was not created to send an engine company to investigate the alarm signal, which is in violation of the department's standard operating procedure.


The review, according to a release from the Fall River Police Department, details that after the suspects left the Coughlin School, they may have left a door unsecured or open, which likely would have been discovered had the dispatcher sent an engine company to investigate.


Witnesses also told investigators there was a ''beeping'' sound coming from inside the school, which may have been an internal door alarm.


The dispatcher involved has since been terminated.


As the release of MCAS scores from this past spring has administrators throughout the Commonwealth looking at the numbers and what they mean, Fall River Superintendent of Public Schools Meg Mayo Brown says sub-groups in the district show proficiency gains.



Mayo Brown also cited improvement in MCAS scores at B-M-C Durfee High School.



MCAS scores are one of the measures used by the Department Of Elementary And Secondary Education to rank the performance of buildings and districts throughout the Commonwealth. 


The Executive Vice President Of The Fall River Office Of Economic Development says with the Commonwealth agreeing that the former Fall River Police Station on Bedford Street, and the Harbour Mall on the city's south side are both largely  abandoned buildings, developers now have an incentive from a tax perspective to try to redevelop both sites


Ken Fiola.



Fiola says the Cambridge-based owners of the mall could use the tax credits themselves as a redevelopment tool, or pass them on to another owner or tenant.



A K-Mart and some scattered smaller businesses remain at the Harbour Mall, while issues with the roof and additional environmental issues have slowed interest in the former police station in Fall River. 


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