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October 31, 2013

Little change in Public Works budget

Public works budget should be stable

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“We’ve been wanting and begging since 1988 to do improvements to the garage,” he said. “For maintaining 180 miles of roads and 4,000 streets, (the garage) is nothing very impressive.”

He said the department would like to build a lean-to structure onto the main building. There is also storage needed for the town’s salt.

Public Works upgrades to facilities could be done in phases, Czyowski said.

As part of the early budget work in town, officials also heard details earlier this year on upcoming capital improvement, or CIP, projects.

Department heads gave the town wish lists of things that fall under the CIP structure and projects were rated by priority and need.

Projects making it high on the list for funding are school paving projects and fire station upgrades.

“It should be an exciting year for CIP projects,” Budget Committee Chairman Christopher Melcher said.

More finalized Public Works numbers will come before Town Council at a meeting Nov. 4. Town Manager Kevin Smith is scheduled to present town budget information to councilors to help kick off the budget season.

After that, the council will host workshops and public hearing prior to the deliberative session in February.

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