The Board of Selectmen Tuesday approved $245,000 for repaving the lower half of the Elm Street railroad parking lot.

Amid rounds of cuts during the budget-setting season, the selectmen made it a priority to keep the project funded.

"We felt it was really important to start working on commuter parking lots," First Selectman Robert Mallozzi said at the meeting.

The project will repave the bottom half of the lot, and should have a quick turnaround time.

"Pending approval, they'll get a call today and start on Monday," said Assistant Director of Public Works Tiger Mann on Tuesday, adding that usage of the lot is at its lowest point of the year during these weeks. "It's written in the bid that they should finish the job by Aug. 26."

Selectman Beth Jones asked if there were any plans for plantings in the repared lot, something the board had discussed during the budget season as a way of livening up the aesthetics of the otherwise large paved space.

Mann said he was hopeful to get some greenery, but that it would depend on whether it could be done without disrupting the way the lot is plowed in the winter. If planters create corners or edges that the plows would not be able to avoid, the idea might get scrapped.

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