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Wilton First Selectman Looks Ahead to 2012

WILTON, Conn. – First Selectman Bill Brennan is looking to continue work on Wilton’s infrastructure and break ground on long-term projects in 2012.

Once the town budget is passed in May, Brennan said a progressive road repair program is expected to begin. “The issue here is that about 40 percent of our roads haven’t been repaved in over 20 years,” he said. “You see a problem where you see a rising cost of asphalt and the budgeted amount to maintain our roads has only gone up 8.3 percent.”

The plan would add $1 million to the repair budget every year for the next five years. The town already receives $650,000 annually from the state.

Getting the Yankee Gas contracts finalized and the project started is another long-term project Brennan has been tackling. Once easements are negotiated, work can begin. “Hopefully we will start in late spring,” Brennan said.

Bringing in natural gas as an alternative fuel source for the town could save customers about 40 percent, Brennan said. Once the contracts are signed, it will take another two to three years for the pipelines to be laid from Wolfpit Road through the village and up to the high school.

Wilton Commons is a third long-term project that Brennan will like to see begin this year. “If we could get this done, I’d be very pleased. It’s taken an enormous amount of work to get this thing done,” Brennan said. The final contracts are expected to be signed later this month and a groundbreaking is planned for February.

Along with these major projects, Brennan looks forward to continuing to improve the town center by finishing the curbing on River Road and making the town more attractive to both residents and visitors. 

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