Waterford OKs funds for new Town Hall phone system

Waterford - The Board of Selectmen Tuesday night approved three appropriations totaling $446,500.

The police department, Recreation & Parks Department, and the information technology committee each requested money from the Capital Non-recurring Undesignated Projects fund, which is comprised of money left unused by other departments.

The largest of the three expenditures was the information technology committee's request for $350,000 to replace the telephone system used by Town Hall. Committee chairman and Director of Finance Rudie Beers was not at the meeting due to illness.

First Selectman Daniel Steward said that the phone system installed in the early 1990s would become unserviceable this year.

"Like with any electronic system, there's a point where the vendors won't support the system," he said.

The board also agreed to a request from town police for $50,000 to replace a video recording system at the department, and to a Recreation & Parks request for $46,500 to repair the Jordan Mill Park pedestrian bridge. The bridge was closed several years ago for safety reasons.

The selectmen said they prefer appropriations to be put into budgets ahead of time and asked department heads to try to better predict what expenditures would be necessary down the road.

The appropriations must now be forwarded to the Board of Finance. The Representative Town Meeting makes the final decision on appropriations.

The selectmen also approved a request from the planning department to authorize the submission of a Small Town Economic Assistance Program grant application. The town will apply for $500,000 to help improve the aesthetics of Mago Point and make the point more accessible.


Editor's note: This version corrects information on who makes the final decision on appropriations.

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