Selectmen accept fire department grant, approve Dial-A-Ride application

The Board of Selectmen accepted $17,701 from a 2012 state Emergency Management Performance grant, and approved an application for a $25,665 grant for the Dial-a-Ride program at its Monday, March 17 meeting.

According to Deputy Fire Chief Mark Amatrudo, the money from the emergency  performance grant is spent on “three or four different areas.”

These areas include “communication costs, including the annual cost of the Code Red system... anything related to improvements and operating costs like technical investments... and the emergency management program and director.”

Parks and Recreation director Steve Pierce told the board the state grant for the Dial-a-Ride program provides the town with enough money to pay a part-time driver.

This covers about a quarter of the program’s salary costs, as Wilton employs two full-time Dial-a-Ride drivers.

Selectman Hal Clark pointed out it costs $142,000 to provide the service to just 162 residents.

“This is not a casual investment,” Mr. Clark said.