APPROPRIATIONS TO BE VOTED ON AT EAST LYME TOWN MEETING

East Lyme - Several items are up for town votes at a special meeting tonight.

Residents will be asked to approve a $276,000 appropriation from the capital nonrecurring fund for projects in the 2013-14 Capital Improvement Plan, including sidewalk repairs and the Grand Street Boat Launch, according to town documents.

Residents will also vote on appropriating $233,985 for the third year of the school district's computer replacement plan and $806,430 for the fifth year of the town's equipment acquisition plan. Both amounts are payable over five years, according to the agenda.

Residents will further be asked to approve spending $107,916 in Local Capital Improvement and $159,216 in Town Aid Road state grant funds for 2013-14.

As the state finalizes its budget, these amounts reflect a potential increase in state grants, for which the town had not budgeted during its own budget deliberations, First Selectman Paul Formica said.

Also on the agenda is a vote to allocate $15,000 to install a new playscape at Samuel Peretz Park at Bridebrook to replace the wooden playscape for safety reasons, according to a town memo from Formica to the Board of Finance.

As in previous years, the town is seeking approval to issue bonds for capital improvements: $900,000 would go toward fixing town roads, and $90,000 would go toward surveying and paving the high school parking lot behind the Boiler Building, according to a draft resolution. Residents will vote on whether or not to approve a resolution to do so.

The special town meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

- Kimberly Drelich

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