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Ridgefield To Make Major Improvements On Schools, Roads

The Ridgefield Board of Selectmen meet for its first general budget meeting Monday night to discuss the more than $3.6 million in capital spending for the next fiscal year.
The Ridgefield Board of Selectmen meet for its first general budget meeting Monday night to discuss the more than $3.6 million in capital spending for the next fiscal year. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – The auditorium seats at East Ridge Middle School will be upgraded next year after the Board of Selectmen agreed on a list of recommended capital projects for Ridgefield.

The project to replace the seats had been delayed several times in the past, Selectman Maureen Kozlark said. But the $205,000 project was moved forward from the 2014-15 fiscal year to the next fiscal year.

“You’ve got to replace the seats. They’re not going to just grow better,” Kozlark said. The auditorium seats have been there since 1969, and many are in disrepair, First Selectman Rudy Marconi said.

The schools will also see an upgrade in air quality and wireless networks.

However, most of the requested funds came from the Ridgefield Highway Department, which is seeking $1.3 million for road paving, an annual request.

“If we could afford it, I’d like to improve the roads,” Selectman Andy Bodner said in a talk on possibly increasing the amount of spending on roads. A study showed that Ridgefield was doing just enough to keep the town roads in order. “If you want them a little better, you spend a little more,” he said. 

A new backhoe, police canine vehicle and ambulance were also among the more than $3.6 million that Ridgefield town departments requested from the Board of Selectmen on Monday night.

The police station was due to be upgraded this year, but the selectmen moved the $4.6 million project to the 2014-15 fiscal year. It could be pushed back again, too, Marconi said.

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