NEW MILFORD — The Board of Education denied this week the mayor’s request for money to cover maintenance costs at John Pettibone School, which was turned over to the town at the end of last month.

Mayor Pat Murphy requested the school board to transfer the remaining money allotted for general maintenance at the school in the board’s 2015-16 budget and to relinquish statutory rights to the school.

“Upon receipt of the property, I request that the dollar amount in the John Pettibone School building and property maintenance 2015-2016 budget also be transferred to the town for the continued general maintenance of the property,” Murphy wrote in a Sept. 23 letter to Superintendent of Schools JeanAnn Paddyfote and Board of Education Chairwoman Angela Chastain.

The board on Tuesday unanimously voted against transferring the funds to the town. The remaining balance stood at $11,470 as of Tuesday. But electric and natural gas bills were still coming in for September, according to Jay Hubelbank, schools business manager.

“When we turned over the Bridge Street building to the town, we just gave the town the keys, not any money,” Paddyfote told the facilities subcommittee earlier this month.

“I’m voting ‘no,’” board member Wendy Faulenbach said Tuesday. “Our letter to the town relinquishing the statutory rights to the building stated that expenses going forward became the town’s responsibility.”

Former Facilities Manager John E. Calhoun wrote to Murphy on Sept. 18, confirming the board intended to relinquish statutory rights to the building and property effective Sept. 30.

“At that time, the building and property and all subsequent related expenses will become the responsibility of the Town of New Milford,” Calhoun wrote in the letter.

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