Wilton parking zone goes to public

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WILTON – Selectmen voted Tuesday to hold a public hearing to discuss whether to create a no parking zone on part of Lake Street.

Several people attended Tuesday’s selectmen’s meeting to push making Lake Street, between the Preston Street intersection and Lakeview Cemetery, a no parking zone, Town Manager Peter Nielsen said Wednesday.

“They thought Lake Street is narrow there, and a hazard to pedestrians,” Nielsen said. “There was no real opposition to it; that’s why the selectmen decided to have a public hearing.”

After the issue is discussed in greater detail, Selectmen might write up an amendment to the parking ordinance. The board does not need town approval to change the ordinance, Nielsen said.

The public hearing will take place during the board’s next meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 30.

The board also voted unanimously to authorize Nielsen to sell the town’s oldest fire truck, Engine 2. The 1966 International pumper was retired in 1993 when the town bought Engine 7, Nielsen said, but has been used since then to sit under fallen wires and things like that.

Recently, though, Nielsen said, problems have developed with the truck’s brakes and brake lines.

Probably, he said, a private person – maybe a farmer – will purchase the truck. “Probably no municipality is going to buy a truck that old,” he said.

He plans to advertise the truck and sell it by bid process. Bids will likely be due sometime in late February or early March. “It’d be nice to get a couple thousand for it but I’d be surprised,” Nielsen said.

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