A $4.5-million capital budget \u2014 major purchases and projects to be paid for with borrowing \u2014 was approved by the Board of Selectmen for 2019-20 and will be reviewed by the Board of Finance.\u201cIt\u2019s a little higher than we had hoped,\u201d First Selectman Rudy Marconi said of list that includes requests by all town departments and the school system.The capital budget will be up for comment \u2014 along with the requested town and school operating budgets \u2014 at the finance board\u2019s public hearing Monday, March 25, starting at 7:30 in the East Ridge Middle School auditorium.Because it is paid with bonding, the capital budget differs from the operating budgets in that it doesn\u2019t impact next year\u2019s tax rate \u2014 although repayment of the borrowing will hit budgets in later years.Proposed capital purchases range from a $1.2 million ladder truck for the fire department to a $4,600 \u201csnow pusher\u201d plow that the highway department wants to be able to put on a loader.Repair and maintenance projects listed in the proposed capital budget range from rebuilding East Ridge Middle School\u2019s deteriorated front steps ($122,000) to re-doing basketball and tennis courts at the Venus Building ($52,000) and Ridgefield High School ($12,000) to heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) upgrades at the Venus Building ($475,000) and Recreation Center ($320,000).The capital plan includes town and school requests and always entails some tough decisions as department heads see needs and the selectmen and finance board grapple with costs that can mount up quickly.School requests\u201cWe have $1.6 million for the Board of Education,\u201d Marconi said. \u201c...When you\u2019re trying to limit something to $4 million it eats up a big chunk of it, right out of the box.\u201dThe schools\u2019 capital request include $466,000 for a network infrastructure replacement program that has a safety aspect since it includes servers involved in operating door locking systems.\u00a0There\u2019s also $168,000 for servers that store information for school security cameras.The schools seek $187,000 for environmental compliance work that includes removing oil tanks at Veterans Park Elementary School and East Ridge Middle School, as well as continuation of an asbestos tile replacement project at Scotland School.A $279,000 line for school energy and water savings projects includes an upgrade to LED lighting in hallways and classrooms in Branchville School and replacement of water-cooled walk-in freezers at Branchville and Farmingville.Four building improvement projects total $357,000: replacement of the front vestibule at Barlow Mountain School; and three projects at the high school \u2014 replacing a gym floor, auditorium lighting and library carpeting.The schools also seek $208,000 for equipment replacements.\u00a0Fire truckFor town departments, the highest-priced item is a $1.2 million ladder truck sought by the fire department. But the cost to local taxpayers would be substantially reduced if the town is successful in getting a $900,000 grant it is seeking. \u201cWe\u2019re looking for a net of about $300,000,\u201d Marconi said.The town would also sell the old ladder truck. \u201cWe don\u2019t know what we\u2019ll get for that \u2014 it\u2019s a 1986,\u201d Marconi said. \u201cWe\u2019ll get something.\u201dAnother fairly costly item is a $255,000 road sweeper for the highway department. \u2014 \u201cThey\u2019ve been asking for that for about five years,\u201d Marconi said.Also among the highway department requests are $197,000 for a new Mack dump truck and $40,000 for guardrail replacements.The capital requests by town departments cover a wide range \u2014 mowers, oil tanks, trees.The golf course wants $80,000 for a large area rotary mower.Two among the parks and recreation department\u2019s eight requests are: $98,000 to complete its ongoing locker room repairs \u2014 the water in the walls problem \u2014 and $20,000 for replacement of playground fencing on the Branchville School grounds (the town handles exterior school repairs).The town engineer\u2019s 11-item list includes: roof repairs at two schools, Scotland ($94,000) and Branchville ($90,000); underground tank removals at Yanity gym ($22,000), town hall ($14,000) and the police station ($12,000); $150,000 for sidewalk work.The tree warden wants $55,000 for replacement trees.The police department is seeking $14,000 for laser crash and crime scene mapping system, and also a recording system upgrade.Besides the ladder truck, the fire department is seeking: $62,000 for firefighters\u2019 protective gear; $20,000 for air tanks; $30,000 for cardiac monitor\/defibrillators, and $19,000 for a CPR deviceThe town\u2019s information technology department wants $99,000 for upgrades of routers and switches.Planning and Zoning is seeking $44,000 for the second \u2014 and final \u2014 year of a consultant\u2019s effort to help produce a new town plan.The library is seeking $26,000 to replace the material handling system known as \u201cthe beast.\u201d which automatically reads catalog numbers and sorts returned books, recordings and the like. The library also wants $13,000 for lighting improvements and $20,000 to replace patron and staff computers.