WILTON — The Wilton Select Board took action on potential plans for a new memorial at Lakeview Cemetery, honoring people who have served the Wilton community.

The Select Board voted unanimously to spend up to $2,000 of the cemetery’s trust fund toward creating a conceptual drawing of the memorial, although Selectperson Tom Saviello said he “would hope it costs less than that.”

Saviello said the memorial would recognize “those that have served the community, those that are EMS and police and those that are veterans in the area” in a “quiet corner” of Lakeview Cemetery, the “largest and most-active cemetery” in Wilton.

Saviello initially presented the idea of a Lakeview Cemetery memorial on behalf of a resident in October 2020. Along with honoring service members, Saviello said during the meeting the memorial would serve as a burial site, in the form of “a chest of drawers,” for cremated remains as “more and more people are choosing cremation.”

In other matters, the Select Board set 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. as the the hours for Wilton’s election June 8.

Voters will choose between candidates Evret Greer and current Selectperson Phil Hilton for a three-year term on Wilton’s Select Board.

They will also decide between Gwendolyn Doak and Tammy Sue Mayhew for a three-year seat on the Regional School Unit 9 board of directors. Doak or Mayhew will succeed current Chairperson Angela LeClair on the board.

The Select Board also reviewed the warrant for the June 14 Town Meeting.

Presented by Irish, the warrant includes the town’s $3.8 million proposed budget and other articles, including a Carbon Cash Back resolution.

In other business, Selectperson David Leavitt inquired about the status of hiring two officers for the Wilton Police Department. Town Manager Rhonda Irish said one officer has been hired and is starting this week. As for the second officer, they are still searching.

During the manager’s report, Irish said the town’s “spring activities are continuing on.” She reported the flags in town will be raised on Thursday and the Highway Department is doing their “normal prep work” on the roads.

The Select Board approved the renewal of a liquor license for Meadow Lanes Bowling Alley.

Chairperson Keith Swett also inquired about “the illegal sign” erected by Tim Amerson on U.S. Route 2. Irish was unsure of “the status on that right now.” Swett told Irish if the sign, which violates Wilton’s zoning ordinances, isn’t removed by the end of May 30, Irish should put the issue on the next Select Board agenda. The board “will probably want to set up something for a fine…if it still remains,” he said.

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