New Milford residents to decide how to spend $1.5 million
The New Milford Board of Finance has approved how to use $1.5 million, moving the final decision on to the voters at a town meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 24.
The money was originally set aside to help the town close the $2.2 million cut in state funding for the last fiscal year, but town and school officials were able to make that up with savings, layoffs and not filling vacancies. This allows the money to be used for other things now.
Mayor Pete Bass outlined a list of nearly 20 items at Monday’s Town Council meeting and again at Wednesday’s finance board meeting.
The biggest items on the list are the town’s $350,000 share of a grant to buy a new firetruck, and $335,000 to buy a pothole-fixing truck.
Bass also proposed using the money to create two new full-time positions that would bring the bulk of the road work in-house. The salaries are still being finalized, but Bass proposed $95,000 for a new land surveyor position, $105,000 for a new engineer position. Both amounts include benefits and insurance. A vehicle and equipment for the surveyor is also included on the list for $75,000.
Building a sidewalk along Patriot’s Way to connect the riverwalk to the downtown for $80,000 is also included, as are several items that were cut from the budget in the spring.