BOS round-up: Selectmen approve natural gas

Natural gas approved

The Board of Selectmen voted Monday, April 20, to approve the expansion of natural gas lines up Wolfpit Road to the Miller-Driscoll School.

The town will pay $300,000 to bring natural gas up the road, but expects to recoup those costs within five years.
A conservative five-year net cost estimate for the project — taking into account the price of expanding natural gas lines, the removal of costs associated with oil boilers at Miller-Driscoll, and year-over-year energy savings associated with natural gas — shows the town will spend $300,000 on the project, but should save $372,000 compared to remaining with oil, according to information provided by the town.

Contractor selected

The board also voted to select MJ Daly LLC as the contracting company responsible for renovating the Miller-Driscoll school.
The Waterbury company was selected during a competitive bidding process, said Turner Construction’s Tye Tregalis. In total, the town received six bids.
MJ Daly was the lowest bid, in part, because it fabricates some of its building materials off-site, then trucks them in, Tregalis said.

Sensible Wilton

In response to a petition with 291 signatures submitted to the town by activist group Sensible Wilton, First Selectman Bill Brennan has asked Town Counsel Ken Bernhard to prepare a full legal opinion on the validity of the petition.
“It should be completed by the end of the month,” Brennan said.