Darien BOS approves police station, town shuffle
In a 3-2 vote, the Board of Selectmen Monday night approved the town shuffle, which includes moving the senior center to the Town Hall and moving the Board of Education to the former library site at 35 Leroy Ave.
Additionally, the Board unanimously approved extensive renovations to and an expansion of the police station, which is expected to begin March 1.
Prior to the vote, Parks & Recreation Director Sue Swiatek addressed questions about the use of the senior center. Swiatek said the center averages about 83 people for programs. The center provides 35 meals a day and the numbers continue to grow.
Swiatek also addressed the deteriorating state of the senior center saying the roof leaks, the windows leak and the plumbing is disintegrating.
"I'm disgraced by the state of the building," Swiatek said.
Board members also voted to release the $2 million approved for the Weed Beach project, which includes renovating the bath house.
The Board supports the project, which is expected to cost $3.6 million.
With the hour growing late, the Board decided to table discussion on transferring $65,430 out of the commercial sidewalks budget to help pay for the cost of taking down the Old Tokeneke Bridge. Sullivan voiced concerns that residents in her district would be very upset if the bridge were demolished because they wouldn't have any easy way of crossing the river. Campbell said the only issue with delaying is that Norwalk could lose its initial bid on the cost of demolishing the bridge. The board tabled the issue to the next meeting in order to look at alternative options for handling the bridge.
The next Board of Selectmen meeting is scheduled for Sept. 20 at 7:45 p.m.