SPECIAL TOWN MEETING
A Special Town Meeting will be held on Monday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Middle School auditorium to consider the following:
To authorize approval for the construction cost of State Project #104-172: Route 156 Bikeway/Sound View Improvements Project in the amount of $877,000.
The Board of Selectmen anticipates the actual project cost may be as low as $812,000.
A federal grant being administered by the State Dept. of Transportation will cover 80% of the project construction costs, approximately $649,600 to $701,600.
Although the Town will be responsible for only 20% of the final cost (between $162,400 and $175,400, approximately), we are required to approve the total project cost at Town Meeting.
The Route 156 Bikeway/Sound View Improvements project will construct a Bikeway along Hartford Avenue. When project estimates came in higher than anticipated, the Committee decided to undertake the project in phases, with the first phase being the Bikeway, using transportation funding available through the DOT Grant. Later phases will address a new greenway and restroom facilities.
Town Meeting voters will also be asked to authorize the acceptance of Queen Anne Court as a Town road, and to approve $60,000 to cover excess costs of the Resident Trooper Department, including annual cost, DWI overtime and other overtime cost.
The $60,000 would be transferred from the already approved municipal police budget, and is not a new allocation.