Most town capital budgeted for vehicles

Vehicles are bad but necessary investments, and Wilton will likely spend most of its fiscal year 2017 operating capital on replacing several.

The $915,334 the Board of Selectmen is asking for to cover vehicle replacements in fiscal year 2017 represents 65% of the town’s total operating capital budget — a $1,396,689 overall proposal.

Excluding $208,500 for a revaluation, the most valuable single line item in the proposed capital budget was initially requested by the Public Works Department, which asked for $195,000 “to replace a 1998 Elgin sweeper.”

The second most valuable also came from Public Works — $160,000 “to replace a 2006 International dump truck.”

The Wilton Police Department, which replaces portions of its fleet each year, asked for $140,000.

Managed by Public Works, the Mather Street Transfer Station requested $125,000 “to replace a 1996 backhoe.”

Other town requests for capital to replace vehicles are listed below.

  • Fire Department — $48,500 — “purchase of a replacement staff vehicle.”

  • Paramedic Services — $42,834 — “to replace the Paramedic Fly Car 500-2011.”

  • Animal Control officer — $25,000 — “vehicle replacement.”

  • Parks and Grounds — $25,000 — “replacement of 2000 utility cart.”

  • Public Works Department — $23,000 — “to replace a 2006 plow.”

  • Health Department — $20,000 — “staff vehicle.”

  • Public Works Department — $16,000 — “to replace a 2006 sander.”

  • Parks and Grounds — $15,000 — “replacement of 1990 quad.”

The fire department also requested $295,000 to replace its Dive Team rescue truck “with a vehicle that can also be deployed for any major public safety incident or community event,” but the Board of Selectmen has opted not to pursue that in fiscal year 2017.

The public works department originally wanted $26,000 to replace the sander mentioned above, but the Board of Selectmen has recommended $16,000 for that.

Likewise, the health department wanted “an additional vehicle … to meet the demand for increased inspections,” and requested $32,000 for the purpose, but town executives are asking for $20,000 instead.

The Board of Selectmen proposed its operating budget after approving it in a budget work session on March 2.

The Board of Finance reviewed the selectmen’s budget on March 16, and the budget was next discussed at a public hearing in the Middlebrook School auditorium on March 29.

The Board of Finance will decide whether to modify the Board of Selectmen’s overall budget — or any line item therein contained — in a series of meetings in early April.