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At a June 27 town meeting, residents voted to approve a $220,000 appropriation to help fund a proposed School Security Operations Center project. The appropriation calls for funds to be moved from the Unappropriated Capital & Non-Recurring account to the School Security Operations Center project. The project is part of upgrades recommended by the district’s independent safety auditors and has been put forward by the School Safety & Security Committee. While details are few due to the sensitive nature of the security measures, the center will most likely be a hub for monitoring of all school campuses in town.

The Board of Selectmen also held its regular meeting directly after the town meeting. At the meeting, the Board discussed a potential easement for Aquarion to perform work on the town water system.

Selectman Khris Hall suggested a change in the wording of the easement to allow the Town to have access to Town property while any work is being performed. The Board voted to approve the easement subject to the insertion of wording along the lines suggested by Ms. Hall. The changes will be forwarded to Aquarion’s attorneys for their response.

The Board also voted to authorize the First Selectman to sign the Resident State Trooper contract for the upcoming fiscal year. First Selectman Pat Del Monaco noted that the contract is essentially the same as previous contracts, except for changes to technology compatibility. She stated that the Town’s Director of Technology had reviewed everything and approved it. After the discussion the Board granted permission for the contract to be signed.

The Board also voted to increase the Drop Off Center permit fee for Sherman residents from $20 to $32. This matches the rate of increase approved for New Fairfield residents at a previous meeting.

The next regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen is scheduled for Thursday, July 11 at 7:30pm.

By Greg Slomba