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Thursday, February 26, 2004

Farrell’s Five-Year Capital Forecast Holds No Major Surprises

Westport First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell’s five-year capital forecast holds no major surprises with a $36 million upgrade to the town’s sewage treatment plant still one of the biggest items.

Much of the cost of the plant is expected to be financed by benefit assessment, according to town officials.

The Board of Selectmen will hold a special public hearing on the forecast March 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall Auditorium.

Finance Director Don Miklus said the only significant change to the forecast from last year was the addition of a $5 million Board of Education request for administrative staff relocation in 2006-07.

The forecast projects financing needs requiring bonding at $59.2 million on the town side and $55.1 on the education side through the year 2009.

Among early projects listed on the forecast—and still requiring Board of Finance and Representative Town Meeting approval —are a $5.46 million police communications upgrade and modifications to police headquarters.

The schedule calls for $1.175 million to be spent in the first phase by 2006 with an additional $4.285 million in the next year.

The Fire Department is in for its own communications upgrade at a cost of at least $1.35 million in the same period. This would be financed through the Capital and Nonrecurring Expenditure Fund.

Farrell has said she has shelved the idea of a combined police and fire dispatch center which had been under study earlier as a possible cost-savings effort.

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