SEYMOUR — The Board of Selectmen, meeting Tuesday, June 4, approved the town’s capital improvemnt plan, issued a certificate for the industrial park at 31 Silvermine Rd. and approved town employees’ salaries for the 2019-20 fiscal year.
Before approving the finalized capital plan, First Selectman Kurt Miller reviewed the latest changes to the plan.
Money delegated to the Public Works Department includes funds set aside for a system that will allow the production of hot asphalt all year, a new truck mobile lift system and an E-ZPass-style system for the transfer station to allow faster turnaround.
The plan also includes money for the purchase of a new community bus to replace the 12-year-old bus currently in use. The reason given is that the bus sees a large amount of use.
“This would allow community services to expand the use of the bus. They can go a little further than they have with this current bus,” Mr. Miller said.
Other items in the plan are a new generator for the town hall, money for the replacement of oil tanks and elevators in public buildings and an improvement to technology, including replacement computers and updated wireless communications.
The board noted the need for a new gas system for public vehicles such as police cruisers and public works trucks, new mobile radios for the fire department and the need to replace the town snow removal dump trucks within the next five years.
The overall plan costs $286,815, less than the $300,000 set aside for purchases each year. This does not include road reconstruction, building repair and turf replacement funds, all of which are individual line items in the budget.
“The goal is to always keep the numbers as close to $300,000 as possible,” Mr. Miller said.
The board approved the issuing of a certificate of completion for the parcel of land at the industrial park located at 31 Silvermine Rd.
The park was constructed in 1983 with approval by the Economic Development Commission, with part of the land disposition agreement reverting the land back to the town in the case it was not developed. The town never issued a certificate of completion despite there being previous businesses which operated on the parcel.
A similar situation occurred in 2014 which was resolved by the Board of Selectmen voting to issue said certificate.
In other business, the board approved the salaries for non-union public employees for the 2019-20 fiscal year and agreed to move forward on a possible ordinance on vaping.
During the First Selectman’s report, Mr. Miller thanked emergency services personnel who took part in the active shooter drill on Sunday and discussed attending the playground opening at Bungay School and the Seymour, Oxford and Shelton-Derby Memorial Day parades.