By John Fitts
With Board of Finance approval Monday night, a plan to rebuild a 14,140 square foot public works facility at its current site near the Farmington River – and bond for the project – is one step closer to a November referendum.
On Monday, in its second meeting on the issue, the finance board approved a resolution for a project not to exceed $3.825 million, First Selectman Leslee Hill said. (Canton Compass editor John Fitts was out-of-town for the meeting). The town is looking at a $3.75 million plan to build a new facility at the 50 Old River Road site. The additional $75,000 would be to cover the costs associated with bonding, essentially the town’s way to pay for the project, with interest, over time.
The project is designed to cover final design, construction and equipping of a new facility, the partial demolition of existing facilities, lowering the ball field on site for floodplain mitigation, and potentially improving the existing access road that serves as both the roadway and Farmington River Trail.
Earlier this month, the Board of Selectmen endorsed the concept with a 4-1 vote and will meet again Wednesday night to possibly approve placing the project on the November ballot. Potentially selectmen could also schedule another meeting on Aug. 31 if needed.
While some of have expressed support, other residents have spoken strongly against the plan of keeping the facility at its current site. The latest plan involves some modifications to the original concept presented earlier in the year. See more about the issue and the plan in our previous story, available by clicking on the title below.