Special town meeting slated for Monday

Special town meeting slated for Monday

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A special town meeting will be held on Monday, March 25 for residents to vote whether to adopt a new finance ordinance amendment and whether to accept Winding Brook Road as a town road. 

The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. in the town hall’s upstairs conference room. 

Residents will be asked whether to move forward in adopting an amendment to the finance ordinance which would increase the value of contracts requiring public bid from $7,500 to $25,000. 

The revision was recommended by an auditor and approved by the Board of Finance, according to First Selectman Michael Freda, who said the idea is to save the town money. 

”A lot of times the bid process requires us to advertise in newspapers, which is very expensive,” Freda said. The change is “not only to save money, but to allow the government to execute a little bit more swiftly and efficiently.” 

The town would still look for bids on amounts below $25,000, but the process would be less public, involving less required advertisements or formal procedures. 

”The public bid process is actually very complicated and very corneous, in terms of actually publicizing the bid and actually coming up with a formal document to submit this,” Second Selectman William Pieper said. 

Residents will also be asked to vote whether to accept Winding Brook Road as an official town road. The road is part of a six-lot subdivision, of which five have been sold. 

Town engineer Andrew Bevilacqua said this has been “in the works for quite a while” but there’s been a long list of things that needed to be done. He said the subdivision owners were able to get the final stage of asphalt done, as well as proper striping and signage. 

“At this point the road meets our town road standard,” Bevilacqua said. 

He said the town had already been maintaining the road, as normally done. 

The special town meeting was called at the March 7 Board of Selectmen meeting. 



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