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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Budget, 17 warrant articles on agenda for Wilton town meeting

WILTON – Fixing a century-old storm drain, parts of which have collapsed, and trying to eliminate mold in Town Hall are among the issues that will be facing Wilton Town Meeting on Thursday, March 15.

Voters will discuss a proposed operating budget of $4.3 million, plus warrant articles totaling $284,021.

Town Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Florence Rideout Elementary School gym. Ballot voting will take place 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at Town Hall on Main Street.

The 17 warrant articles include an engineering study of the century-old storm drain from Carnival Hill to Main Street that would cost $10,000. Parts of the stone culvert have collapsed.

After considerable testing behind Town Hall, a request was made for $20,000 from the Town Hall Repair Fund to abate moisture and eliminate mold.

A line will be established in the town budget with $1 to allow donations to be accepted for work at Sacred Heart Church on Maple Street, providing an opportunity to explore accepting church buildings for community use.

The Highway Department would like $8,000 for the purchase of a front-end plow frame for the road grader and $30,000 for a sidewalk plow. Completing the purchase of the road grader is $174,329, with $157,329 to come from a capital reserve fund, leaving $17,000 to come from taxes.