Voters will be asked to support at least a portion of $680,000 needed for Schlumberger Phase I site work \u2014 roads, parking lots, outdoor lighting, and landscaping \u2014 at a town meeting. But approvals from the selectmen and finance board are required first, and a town meeting has not yet been set. With a $680,000 bid in hand last week, First Selectman Rudy Marconi expected to present the spending for the Phase I construction work to the Board of Selectmen on Wednesday night, March 7 \u2014 but that meeting was cancelled due to weather. He proposes to finance the Schlumberger work from two sources: $480,000 would come out of the state\u2019s annual grants to the town for road work, and the remaining $200,000 would use up about half of a projected $398,000 surplus for the current 2017-18 town departments budget \u2014 which would require town meeting approval. Marconi hoped that Wednesday night\u2019s selectmen\u2019s meeting would set a date for a town meeting to consider that $200,000 appropriation \u2014 after it has gone through the Board of Finance. The selectmen could decide to send the money to voters for approval at a referendum, he said, but what\u2019s required are approvals by the finance board and a town meeting. Marconi emphasized that the town had already committed to develop roads and parking lots on the Schlumberger site as part of its voter-approved lease agreements with the tenants who are repairing and renting the two buildings on the property \u2014 the design firm BassamFellows in the Philip Johnson building and the ACT of Connecticut theater group in the nearby auditorium. \u201cThe bid is $680,000 \u2014 which we\u2019re required to do by contract with the current tenants, which are putting millions of dollars into the existing buildings \u2014 millions,\u201d Marconi said. (Early in their long-term leases, the two tenants are obligated to restore the buildings, both of which stood empty for years and are in considerable disrepair.) There\u2019s some time pressure, as the roads and parking are expected to be done for the ACT theater group\u2019s summer season. \u201cOur completion date is Memorial Day, and their first performance is on June 7,\u201d Marconi said. TAR money Aside from the $200,000 coming out of the projected current year surplus and going to town meeting, the remainder of the money needed \u2014 $480,000 of the $680,000 \u2014 will come from what town officials call the \u201ctown aid road\u201d (TAR) account. That\u2019s money from the state. Ridgefield, like other Connecticut towns, has for years gotten an annual state grant for road work of various kinds \u2014 construction, repair, paving, plowing. Since the bulk of the work at the Schlumberger site is for road and parking lot construction, this money can be used for it, Marconi said. He noted that \u201c$480,000 is available in our TAR money, and such use is permitted under statute \u2014 this is grant money from the state of Connecticut \u2014 because we are building roads and parking,\u201d he said. While he plans to use a portion of the TAR money for the Schlumberger construction, not all will be used, and some will be set aside in case it is needed for other road uses. \u201cWe\u2019re using TAR money after we\u2019ve allowed for about a $250,000 overage for this year \u2014 which should be more than enough money to cover any additional costs this year for a bad winter, but so far so good.\u201d Amphitheater The selectmen have also been approached about appropriating a separate $25,000 to take Schlumberger Phase II plans \u2014 a \u201ccultural center\u201d with a stage or amphitheater on the central portion of the property \u2014 through design to planning and zoning approval, with the idea that the actual construction of Phase II would be pursued through private fund raising. The proposal was to take the $25,000 from the town\u2019s roughly $61,000 \u201ccontingency\u201d account, which is used for unanticipated expenses, often including having engineering work done or plans drawn up. They expect to discuss that idea further on March 21. Marconi emphasized that by using the $480,000 in state road money, and taking $200,000 gleaned from the anticipated current year surplus, the $680,000 could be covered without asking taxpayers to exceed the current year\u2019s $37-million budget for town operations. \u201cNone of these monies \u2014 although they\u2019re taxpayer dollars, for sure \u2014 require an additional appropriation,\u201d Marconi said.