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New Canaan Town Hall demolition will begin next week

Published 12:18 pm, Friday, November 8, 2013
  • Selectman Beth Jones and First Selectman Robert Mallozzi discuss town business at Wednesday morning's Board of Selectmen meeting. Nov. 6, 2013. Photo: Tyler Woods / New Canaan News
    Selectman Beth Jones and First Selectman Robert Mallozzi discuss town business at Wednesday morning's Board of Selectmen meeting. Nov. 6, 2013. Photo: Tyler Woods

 

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Town Hall

The demolition of Town Hall will begin next week and be completed by Dec. 6, Town Hall project manager Joe Zagarenski told the selectmen.

Zagarenski is still considering bids, and said the only issue associated with the demolition might be noise.

"There's always challenges with noise when you're demolishing and jackhammering a building," he said.

Fields

The selectmen approved more than $87,000 for work on the town's athletic fields. The work would get Coppo and Mellick fields into shape, as well as those at Mead Park, in addition to spraying weed killer on all grass fields.

"Coppo Field is a priority," Superintendent of Parks John Howe told the selectmen. "We haven't done too much work on it in recent years, and we've had some clay lost from it and puddling. And Mead and Mellick fields are high use."

The money will come from the Parks Department capital budget and from the maintenance fund paid into by the non-school sports associations that use the fields.

Roads

The board approved $25,760 for the replacement of a drain near Elm and Main streets by New Canaan-based Peter Lanni Inc. Tiger Mann, assistant director of Public Works, said the drain is shared by several businesses in that area and is backed up.

"These backups flow over sidewalks and ice during the winter," Mann said.

The roadbed on Elm Street is made of concrete, which is thicker and harder and more expensive to dig up and replace, Mann said. Had it been asphalt, those costs would've been roughly halved. The project is expected to take just a few days.

"Sounds like a much-needed project," First Selectman Robert Mallozzi said.

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