WILTON – Selectmen elected Terry Brann as chairman of the board at their first meeting of the new fiscal year Tuesday.

Failing to get a second on either a nomination to re-elect Paul Gooch or to nominate Brann, newest member Tom Saviello nominated both, leading the board to a written ballot. Brann received three votes and Gooch got two.

Paving projects will begin with Lake Road during the second week of July. The board accepted a bid from Pike Industries for $45,429 to overlay last year’s work on Lake Road and Old Jay Street and to reclaim and pave about 1 mile on Temple Street.

After reviewing bids, Highway Foreman John Welch recommended awarding the contract to Pike Industries, the lowest bidder. Pike is well-known and a leader in the paving industry, Welch said.

The board also approved a cold mix bid from Rampart Bituminous of Turner for $40,920. The town will supply sand for $2,800. The town budgeted $47,650 for the materials, Welch said.

After a Temple Road resident wanted the town to forgo paving a stretch on the upper end of the road at Monday night’s town meeting, residents on the road who want it paved contacted the Town Office on Tuesday. The resident at town meeting was concerned that paving would increase speed on the road.

Gooch suggested road residents contact the board soon if they didn’t want the road paved, but with the paver’s summer schedule nearly full, the board opted to go ahead with the proposed plan starting with Lake Road.

In other business, the board voted unanimously to continue a contract with Village Realty to sell town properties, including a small, rock island in Wilson Lake and a property on the Munson Road near the Big Apple.

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