The Board of Finance Tuesday night unanimously approved a bond resolution appropriating $1.3 million for the rehabilitation of various town buildings including the Nature Center, police department and Waveny's Powerhouse Theatre.

The Board of Selectmen also discussed the resolution at its meeting Tuesday morning. First Selectman Jeb Walker said choosing the immediate needs of the three locations did not interfere with the Long Range Plan and have been identified in the Savin Report since February of 2010.

"These are items that were covered in the Savin Report and they need to be done," Walker said. "I think it's prudent for us to take advantage of the interest rate situation we have right now."

Director of Public Works Michael Pastore said most of the work will involve roofing and similar issues. Improvements would be made to the roofs Nature Center education building and visitors' center; the police department's roofs, windows and exterior walls; and the roof of the Powerhouse Theatre.

Estimating the cost of synthetic slate for the roofs, which lasts significantly longer than asphalt according to Pastore, as well as other materials the estimated cost of the rehabilitation to the buildings ends up at around $1.3 million.

Walker said with the money now available, Public Works can go out to bid on the specific projects, which will be brought back to the Board of Selectmen on a contract by contract basis for approval. Initially, the resolution was for $3 million with some Town Hall improvements included as well, Walker said, though that idea was temporarily shelved.

"I want to underline that the reason for the change from the

$3 million to the $1.3 (million) was we took out consideration from some of the Town Hall repairs in order to wait for the planning effort to be over," Walker said.

He said that this positions Selectman Rob Mallozzi as the incoming First Selectman to be better prepared to make a decision on how to move forward come November.

"I think you folks have done a great job in prioritizing and I've talked to Jeb about it," Mallozzi said to Pastore and the Public Works Department. "These are needed repairs. These are things that were identified four years ago and it's time we get on them. So I commend you for taking a good hard look at it and working with Jeb to make sure that this where we need to be spending the money now."

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