Wilton making ‘good progress’ on development goals, first selectwoman says

Wilton First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice

Wilton First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice

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WILTON — A number of goals on the town’s Plan of Conservation and Development punchlist are either still in play or are soon to be addressed, said First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice.

Vanderslice spoke with the selectmen Monday, providing an update on the town’s standing on the many projects it has completed and still seeks to complete, noting that Wilton has made “good progress” since the plan was adopted in 2019.

Firstly, she spoke abuot the new police headquarters project, a main focus for the town, which is to be addressed at the annual town meeting and will be voted on by residents on Saturday. The $16.9 million project proposal also includes planning for more meeting space for town officials in addition to Room 31 at the Comstock Community Center, which was a goal of the POCD.

The police isn’t the only first responder department in Wilton to be receiving an update to its building. Wilton Fire Station 2 has been slated to receive upgraded bathrooms, to which Vanderslice said the construction is “nearly complete.”

Vanserslice addressed the town’s focus on improving its telecommunications infrastructure. The latest addition to that could come in the form of a new “stealth monopole” cell tower that has been proposed behind the bus stable on School Road, near both Cider Mill Elementary School and Middlebrook Middle School.

Verizon will be the main provider on the cell tower, but Vanderslice said other wireless providers can also be added to the tower to up service. She said Doug LoMonte, an attorney with Bercham Moses, is reviewing the paperwork with Verizon before the project is set to take the next step.

With Wilton acting as a main artery of the Norwalk River Valley Trail, the town has been focused on completing various sections of the multi-use trail since 2019. Construction for the “WilWalk” section of the NRVT, the four-mile stretch from Broad Street in Norwalk to Wolfpit Road in Wilton, kicked off last year.

Vanderslice said further work to identify the “preferred route” of the NRVT in North Wilton is being studied in part by the Western Connecticut Council of Governments, of which Vanderslice is the acting secretary. The town has also received a grant for additional trailwork on the northern end of town, she said.

One focus in the POCD in 2019 was to “co-locate town permitting departments” to make all permit processes easier for residents when coming to the town hall campus. In addition to putting its permitting in one building, the town has also made most of its permit application processes accessible online.

Another focus was increasing resident-facing transparency by town government. Vanderslice suggested the pandemic aided in an indirect way with the ubiquity of Zoom giving more access to town processes for residents.