Sewer project: Hefty price tag, no new capacity

With a $48-million price tag, it’s no surprise concerns came up when the selectmen discussed a sewage treatment plant renovation expected to appear as a bond issue question on the November ballot. “The $48-million proposed project, this is just upgrading the system? We’re not adding any capacity for future growth?” Selectmen Bob Hebert asked. The District 1 sewage treatment on … read more

Charter Revision Commission acts on suggestions from public hearing

Listening, tinkering, but not backing off, the Charter Revision Commission decided to make a couple of changes based on townspeople’s comments at its public hearing June 18. “The whole idea of the Annual Town Meeting is that you can vote,” Ed Tyrrell told the hearing, attended by fewer than a dozen people. “We have a town meeting form of government.” … read more

Failed fiber-optic cable caused delayed opening at Scotland Tuesday

A three-hour delayed opening at Scotland Elementary School on Tuesday morning was caused by the failure of the fiber-optic cable that connects the school to Barlow Mountain Elementary, acting Superintendent Dr. Robert Miller said Tuesday, May 29. Miller, who also serves as the director of technology for the district, said the schools are still assessing how much the damage to … read more

$144-million budget: 1.8% tax increase heads to vote today

School, town and road repair budgets totaling over $144 million — and projected to require a 1.8% tax increase for 2018-19 — will come before voters for approval or rejection at the budget referendum today — Tuesday, May 15 — from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., with all voting in Yanity gymnasium. Voters will also decide six questions on $4.2 … read more

Letter: Parking is a critical component to the vitality of village businesses

To the Editor: The following was read during Monday night’s Annual Town Meeting and submitted to The Press as a letter. I would like to address the Capital appropriation approved by the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance for the expansion of the Governor Street municipal lot that allows all day parking. The current lot is full to … read more

After scrambling for financing, town sprints to meet ACT schedule

Work on the Schlumberger site has begun. The $680,000 projected cost will be covered without more money from the taxpayers, but it may be a sprint to finish the work in time for the June opening of a musical production in the theater building. “The site work has started,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said Monday. “We have a meeting with … read more

Facebook budget talk sparks recusal request

Should board members be discussing issues around town before voting on them at board meetings? Are written exchanges on social media any different from conversations at the supermarket? Finance board member Jessica Mancini was asked — and declined — to recuse herself from discussions and voting on the school budget, on the grounds school issues had been part of social … read more

$5 million in capital spending includes Venus renovations

The impressive brick Venus Municipal Building is losing its second biggest tenant, the RVNA, whose door is at right behind the parked car. One inquiry about the space came from the building’s biggest tenant, Chefs’ Warehouse, which uses the main door at left. — Macklin Reid photo

Beefed up with the late addition of a $1,350,000 “self-sustaining” renovation plan for the Venus Building, $5.2 million in capital spending for 2018-19 has been approved by the Board of Finance and will move on to voters. Other major items in the capital budget approved Tuesday, April 3, include $570,000 for a 63-car parking lot for the downtown area, all … read more

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