Town’s capital plan is discussed at joint budget prep meeting

The selectmen’s long-term capital plan for the town was discussed at a joint meeting with the Board of Finance and Redding Board of Education on Monday, Dec. 17.

Town Finance Director Steve Gniadek said for the 2013-14 year, a nine-ton dump truck with a leasing cost of $40,000 per year for five years is proposed by the highway department. The department is requesting an additional truck each year for the following four years.

Also, the highway department is requesting the repair of its existing six-bay garage. Trucks are getting larger and have caused some damage to the garage because of their size.

Mr. Gniadek said the town received a vague estimate and hired a structural engineer to give suggestions on what can be done and for how much.

“A total rebuild is not necessary,” he said. By adding 20 feet to the building, it will make room for the bigger trucks.

The next step, he said, is to go to a contractor and get a “ballpark number.”

The retaining wall and roof over the Dumpsters at the transfer station also requires repair, he said.

The available estimates are high, said Mr. Gniadek.

At a Board of Finance meeting in October, First Selectman Natalie Ketcham told the board that the existing concrete retaining wall holding up the Dumpsters for bulky waste is disintegrating. The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection issued the town a notice of violation because the Dumpsters have to be covered, she had said.

Next fiscal year’s capital plan also includes a request from Park and Recreation for a housing shed for field maintenance equipment and permanent gym storage on the back end of the Community Center, Mr. Gniadek said.

One idea is to combine the two units, separated by a partition, at the back of the building, he said.

The Redding Historical Society, which leases the historic Lonetown Manor from the town, has sent a letter to the selectmen asking for repairs to the house, said Mr. Gniadek.

The basement currently has a dirt floor and the group would like a concrete slab installed. They’d also like to replace rotted baseboards, gables and old windows along with refurbishing the exterior of the house. The oil tank and burner also need to be replaced for safety reasons, the society said.

The capital requests for the next fiscal year will be discussed as part of the process.

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