Portents and signs — lines, spray-painted in the road — suggest that work will begin soon on the gas line extension planned down Market Street that will serve Veterans Park School and East Ridge Middle School.
“They’ve marked the roadways,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said at the Oct. 17 Board of Selectmen meeting. “Hopefully, they’ll get done by the winter season.”
Town Engineer Charles Fisher said this week that Yankee Gas, the company that will be putting the line in, has set up a meeting with him.
“They’ll tell me what their schedule is.” he said.
Usually, Mr. Fisher said, the road-painting associated with the state’s “Call Before You Dig” program means a utility is applying for its permits.
The talk at the Oct. 17 Board of Selectmen meeting was of the possibility that homes along the route of the gas line — from Main Street down Market Street and along East Ridge — might want to tie in, and get in on less costly natural gas energy. Adding users could reduce the town’s share of the cost for building the line.
“Has there been any effort to incorporate the houses? It would save some money,” said Selectman Andy Bodner.
In August a Town Meeting approved $550,000 for the gas line extension for the two schools — as well as a different line extension on South Street, to serve some town garages.
Ron Mosiello of Fairview Avenue wondered when a gas line might reach his neighborhood, which is west of Main Street rather than east.
“I’d like to get on natural gas, and so would my neighbors,” he said.
That would be a different project, Mr. Marconi said, and residents would have to approach Yankee Gas with the idea.