Selectmen review bids in Wilton

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WILTON – Selectmen Tuesday voted unanimously to award a bid for cleaning the Town Office to Mel’s Cleaning Service of Wilton for $1,600 a year.

Selectmen also opened bids for two projects – one to extend a water main on Bennett and Thompson streets, and one to put steel roofing on the Main Lodge at Kineowatha Park.

The first was preliminarily awarded to “apparent low bidder” Snowman’s Oil and Soil of St. Albans for $129,886.

After that vote, selectmen decided to ask Town Manager Peter Nielsen to research both the roofing bids and make a recommendation at the next meeting. They also asked him to research the water main extension bids.

Nielsen updated selectmen on the town’s progress getting Engine 5 repaired. The issue has been the subject of heated debate in previous meetings, when selectmen, Nielsen and members of the Fire Department argued about fixing the engine at all, and then about reasons why the repairs had not been started.

But Tuesday, Nielsen said he had good news. Engine 5’s engine has been taken out and sent for repairs slated to cost about $7,000 of the total repair budget. The pump has also been sent for repairs expected to cost nearly $15,000.

Shannon Smith, who organizes the annual Blueberry Festival, met with selectmen to discuss the festival’s budget, which will be a little higher than usual this year but will feature entertainment by the Hurdy-Gurdy Man and Pennsylvania music group Re-Creation, and may also feature some Canadian Mounted Police.

Smith said before the Mounties can enter the United States, she will need to get special permission from state and federal agencies.

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