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New Canaan BOS approves machinery and recreation purchases

Published 5:43 pm, Wednesday, December 19, 2012
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New Canaan will add some new machinery to more efficiently and effectively keep roads in good order following a $14,946 approval for a two-ton asphalt patcher at its meeting Tuesday, Dec. 18.

With current technology, potholes may re-emerge as quickly as after one or two rain storms, but Highway Department Superintendent of Operations Mose Saccary said the patcher will provide longer-term solutions.

"This is a unit that Wilton just purchased and they are very happy with it," he said "It runs off basically a furnace. I think it would eventually pay for itself. Right now we're buying more than $800 a pallet. We're basically dumping money into holes that we know will leave (them)."

Assistant Director of Public Works Tiger Mann added his endorsement to the purchase, which was within the budget. "We have residents asking us why we haven't filled in a pot hole, and in fact we already did and it's just back two weeks later," he said. "We spend about $2,000 to $3,000 a year on cold patch. This would be a permanent fill during the winter."

The lights on the paddle court at Waveny will receive an upgrade following approval of more than $6,000, $2,260 of which will be donated by the members of the paddle league.

Recreation Director Steve Benko said the light configuration causes dark spots on the courts.

"When the courts were relocated to their current location in 2005, we stayed with six lights per court. What they found at the time was the ball would be hit from a bright area to a darker area. We've gotten some complaints. Country clubs here and in Darien have eight lights. We didn't paint courts this year, so we have money in our repairs account to do this work. Leagues will contribute to the cost. There's a good rapport with the players," he said.

"It just brings us up a notch there. This is a nice way to fund an improvement not with only taxpayer monies," First Selectman Robert Mallozzi said.

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