Sherman voters to decide on $29,000 of projects
SHERMAN — Residents will decide on $29,000 of projects and initiatives at a town meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday in Mallory Town Hall.
The list includes four items, all of which will be paid for from capital non-recurring.
The biggest item is authorizing up to $15,000 to drill a new well by town hall and pay for the infrastructure needed to get the water to the Sherman Playhouse and the firehouse.
Officials hope this well will solve the salty water problems that have been plaguing the town for years. There were also high levels of sodium and chloride at the town hall, Sherman School and the senior center, though the levels at some of those wells have decreased to meet drinking standards. This caused the town to spend thousands of dollars on bottled water and to fix or replace corroded pipes and valves.
It won’t be clear until this well is drilled if it can actually serve as a water source for the firehouse and theater. Plan B would be to drill a new, larger well at Mallory Town Hall, which is now within state standards for sodium and chloride levels, and trench it over to the playhouse and firehouse to provide water to all three buildings in the complex. This will most likely be more expensive, which is one reason why the selectmen hope the new well will work.
The higher levels are due to road salt getting into the wells, though how it is specifically entering each well differs, according to a study done last year.
Voters will also be asked to authorize up to $5,000 so Candlewood Lake Authority can hire the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station to continue mapping the aquatic plants in the lake after FirstLight Power Resources hired Northeast Aquatic Research to take over the mapping.
Authority members worry the change in mappers will effect the validity of their long-term treatment methods to keep the lake clean and free of invasive plants, especially Eurasian watermilfoil. They say, it will also lower the chances of any studies on these methods being accepted by peers or published.
The authority is trying to collect $20,000 from the towns that surround the lake, which also include New Fairfield, New Milford, Brookfield and Danbury.
The last two items on Saturday’s agenda pertain to capital items at town parks.
Voters will approve up to $2,000 for surveillance cameras at Volunteer Park to address the issues there, including people driving on the grass, damaging it. There are also reported car break-ins and litter problems at Veteran’s Park with people disposing their household waste in the garbage cans there, causing them to overflow.
The selectmen plan to expand the surveillance program to the other parks if the cameras at Volunteer Park are successful.
The agenda also includes authorizing up to $7,000 for a fence at Volunteer Field.