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Ridgefield Needs Special Meeting For Switch To Gas

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – Putting natural gas lines in Ridgefield’s municipal and educational buildings has been an uphill battle, some say.

Installing the natural gas lines would save the the town thousands of dollars a year, First Selectman Rudy Marconi has said.

Right now, Marconi is talking about connecting three buildings: East Ridge Middle School, Veterans Park School and the community center. And there is $400,000 to $500,000 available, which was left over from a $1.5 million earlier energy project. It paid for the insulation in town buildings and replaced all the light bulbs with high-efficiency ones.

But the town can’t use that money because it was originally scheduled for use elsewhere. So a special town meeting and vote will be needed.

“It wasn’t part of the original budget question, so therefore we need to go back and ask the people, 'You didn’t approve it for this use, but we think it’s a great use of theses dollars. It’s part of energy. Allow us to use it,'” Marconi said.

The only thing required would be hooking up the gas lines because the schools all have duel fuel boiler systems. All that’s needed to switch to natural gas would be for an electrician to flick a switch.

The Board of Selectmen will be discussing appropriate dates at its next meeting July 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall large conference room.

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