Bond package heading to town meeting

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BEACON FALLS — The Board of Selectmen unveiled a bond resolution Monday night that looks to take on three of the town’s priciest capitol projects.

The bond resolution, which totals $1.82 million, encompasses $700,000 to pay for work on the Depot Street bridge, $700,000 for improvements to the wastewater treatment plant and $420,000 for a new fire engine.

First Selectman Gerard Smith said the resolution was only to authorize the town to move forward with the three items. The items will still have to be approved at a town meeting before the town can issue the bond.

A public hearing will be held on the funds for the wastewater treatment plant at 7 p.m. on Sept. 3 at the firehouse, 35 North Main St. A town meeting to vote on all three items will immediately follow.

The water treatment plant is the only part of the bond that will be the subject of a hearing since it is part of a much larger project. The town is planning a long-term, $16 million overhaul of the plant, which includes bringing the plant in compliance with state regulations for phosphorous and nitrogen and upgrading the town’s three pump stations.

The new fire truck would replace Beacon Hose Company No. 1’s current engine, which will be 25 years old in 2014. 

Earlier this year Fire Chief Michael Pratt told the board that the engine does not meet current safety standards. He added if it starts to break down, the truck may cost more than it’s worth to fix.

The new fire truck that Beacon Hose is looking to purchase is a ladder truck as well as a pumper. Currently, Beacon Hose does not have a ladder truck.

The Depot Street bridge portion of the bond is to cover unforeseen overruns in the renovation project. This money will bring the cost of reconstructing the bridge to $4.11 million, according to officials.

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