Schools save more than $1M at schools

The New Milford school district has had energy savings of more than $1 million since energy savings plans were implemented in October 2006.

At the school board's Dec. 2 Operation Committee meeting, it was reported the savings have included $568,750 between October 2008 and September 2009.

Energy manager Bill Knipple, a New Milford High School teacher, said the effort has involved staff and students in all six schools, everything from turning off lights when a room is not in use to consolidating summer school in one building rather than offer it in several.

-- Nanci G. Hutson

Town Council names its new officers

The New Milford Town Council elected its officers during Monday's meeting at Town Hall.

Roger Szendy will again be the vice chairman. Ray O'Brien will be parliamentarian and Randyl DiBella was reappointed as town attorney.

Mayor Pat Murphy serves as chairman when she is in attendance.

-- Susan Tuz

Sherman to buy fire truck for $325K

Forty residents of Sherman turned out to a town meeting last Friday, Dec. 4 and voted unanimously to spend $325,000 for the purchase of a 2010 First Due fire engine.

The money will be drawn from the town's Capital and Non-Recurring Expense Fund.

The truck will replace a 1985 pumper. Some $35,000 will be saved in the cost of the new truck as the 2010 spec truck will be built on a 2009 chasey.

"It's like buying a car at year-end close out," said David Raines, the town's Office of Emergency Management director.

-- Susan Tuz