The Town Council Monday night tabled a $665,000 transfer to fund a sidewalk at East School and to purchase a fire truck. The money would have been moved from the general fund to the capital non-recurring fund.
The decision to table followed a discussion of the funding, $55,000 of which would be used to construct a sidewalk at the East School, and $610,000 of which would be used to purchase a new pumper truck for the fire department.
Town Council Chairman Mark DeWaele said in an interview that the transfer was tabled following a request from First Selectman Robert Mallozzi.
"The First Selectman asked the Council not to [move the money] so that he can take the money from the general fund and ... do it as a special appropriation."
The money instead will be taken directly from the general fund and spent on the projects, rather than being moved to the capital non-recurring fund first.
The Council decided that it would vote to approve the transfer at its next meeting, on Oct. 17, once the sum is approved by the Board of Finance and is properly announced in the newspaper.
Vice Chairman Steve Karl added that although the issue was tabled, the Council still supports the expenditures.
"We took a straw poll, and we are in favor of these projects. I think the public should know that," he said at the meeting, referencing the informal vote the Council took Sept. 19 which showed unanimous support.
The meeting also marked Town Counsel Chris Jarboe's final meeting with the town. His firm, Lovejoy and Rimer has been replaced with the firm Berchem, Moses and Devlin, with Jarboe to be replaced by Ira Bloom. Lovejoy and Rimer served the town for the previous 29 years.
After answering some questions from the Council, but before Jarboe left the podium, Councilwoman Penny Young spoke of her appreciation for the work that Jarboe has done over the years.
"I have interfaced with you on many issues, and you have been able to distill the complicated legalise into things myself and the rest of us can understand," she said, adding that Jarboe's explanations, "Always leave me without a shadow of a doubt."
Jarboe said that working for the town had been a pleasure and praised the town.
"I leave with profound respect for the Council," he said. "One thing we have in common is long meetings, missed meals and lost sleep. I am profoundly impressed by the devotion that you put forth for the town, and of all the fine people I've met in New Canaan, who put forth volunteer hours to help make the town a great place to live and work. I've enjoyed working with you."
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