Wilton calls Special Town Meeting for new Town Hall boiler

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Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 4/7/2021 4:35:01 PM

With its usual Town Meeting scheduled for June, the town of Wilton has scheduled a Special Town Meeting for later this month to address a single issue – allowing the Select Board to use capital reserve funds to repair or replace the heating system at the Town Hall.

The Special Town Meeting is scheduled for April 19 at 5:30 p.m., at the Main Street Association Park, located on Main Street between Frost This Bakery and Nelson’s Candy.

The meeting will address a single question, which would give the Select Board the authority to expend from the town’s Heating System Capital Reserve Fund without requiring approval from a vote of Town Meeting.

Select Board Chair Kellie-Sue Boissonnault said Tuesday that the current oil burning boiler at the Town Hall failed its most recent biannual inspection.

The heating at the Town Hall has been an issue for years, with inconsistent heating throughout the building and attached movie theater. The town has been investigating replacing the heating system at the Town Hall for several years, and has established a capital reserve fund for the purpose, which currently contains about $98,000. The town has requested bids for the replacement of the boiler, and has received four offers, but have requested clarification on the scope of work from the offering vendors.

“We’re still looking to find the best overall option,” Boissonnault said. “We’re trying to ensure that we’re making a firm foundation.”

Boissonnault said the goal is to eventually replace the entire heating system throughout the Town Hall, a significantly expensive endeavor which would require more funds than are currently available in the capital reserve. But, she said, the town will have to address that issue in a future year, and focus this year on the replacement of the boiler.

Because the boiler failed its inspection, the town has 30 days to rectify the situation, Boissonnault said, but it is likely the town will request an extension because it can show it is taking proactive steps to resolve the issue.

“This is a huge expense,” Boissonnault said. “We want to make sure we’re making a good judgment call.”

The April 19 Town Meeting will require masks and social distancing.

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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