WILTON, Conn. The Department of Public Works in Wilton is so focused on Halloween storm debris cleanup that other jobs are getting pushed aside.
With 308 roads in the town that need to be cleared, public works employees are splitting their time between cleanup and regularly scheduled work, the Board of Selectman learned at its meeting Monday night.
The department isnt able to do everything with only 16 employees, said Tom Thurkettle, Wiltons director of public works.
Not every day youll see a lot of people out there, but weve been working on it every day since the storm. Every day that weve been here, weve been working on it, Thurkettle said Monday.
One such project is the curbing in the Village center. The town received a $200,000 grant from the state for this project, and contractors are completing most of the work.
But in the spring we will have to come back to that. The curbing is supposed to come all the way down River Road down to Horseshoe, so all that has to be replaced as part of this grant, First Selectman Bill Brennan said.
However the focus must be on the storm cleanup, Brennan said, and the neighborhoods are at the top of the to do list. Well get the Town Hall later, he said. The neighborhoods are our first priority.
We just want everybody to be patient. Its a big job, and were trying to do the best we can with the people we have, Thurkettle said. We hope that as of today that everybody has their stuff (on the roadside), and well work to try and get it, as much as we can, off the roads before the snow falls.
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