Fire Station II Building Committee established
The Fire Station II Building Committee has been established. Its first meeting is Tuesday, April 5 at 7:30, but the location is yet to be determined.
On the committee are Kevin Czarnecki, David Waters, Ross Tartell, Richard McCarty, Philip Reeves, and Ron Hitter. These individuals were appointed by selectmen.
At the March 21 meeting of the Board of Selectmen, the Fire Station II Building Committee got its formal charge.
Its initial objective will be to evaluate for feasibility a statement of requirements for improvements to the station, which was compiled by the Wilton Fire Department in 2015 with the help of former Second Selectman James Saxe and Turner Construction.
Before the committee tackles that, however, it will have to achieve compliance with the Wilton Town Charter and statutory public meeting requirements. Committee members must elect a chairman and decide where and when they will be meeting.
That’s for the April 5 agenda. In future meetings, the Fire Station II Building Committee will undertake the following, according to committee’s written charge:
- Determine the capacity of the septic system.
- Determine a potable water source.
- Investigate shared services with appropriate surrounding towns.
- Determine the continued applicability of the statement of requirements.
- Provide the Board of Selectmen with a recommendation as to achieving the statement of requirements.
- Provide the Board of Selectmen with a recommendation for the committee’s expenditure authorization procedures and levels.
- Provide the Board of Selectmen with quarterly status reports.
At the Annual Town Meeting in May 2015, a Wilton Fire Department bonding request of $90,000 to perform an architectural and engineering study of the station was authorized by a majority vote — 779 for, 509 against.
The Fire Station II Building Committee must determine if that money will be spent, and if so, in what manner.
No further bonds for Fire Station II improvements are scheduled for a vote at the upcoming Town Meeting.
The Fire Station II Building Committee’s formal written charge also mentions that the director of facilities and energy management, Chris Burney, “has been assigned as a non-voting adviser to the committee.”