Solid waste

Enviro Express Inc., will begin hauling and disposing solid waste from the transfer station starting in 2014.

"We received three bids," said James Rogers, superintendent of the waste water treatment plant and transfer station, who made the request. "Enviro Express was the lowest bid."

Based on an average estimate of 8,000 tons of solid waste each year, the estimated total cost for the contract is $3,057,920. The cost per ton will increase from $72 per in 2014, up to $81.03 by 2018.

"Recycling is a separate contract," Rogers said. "City Carting is actually doing both right now. We'll be going out in June for a bid in recycling."

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Rogers said the contract must also be approved by the Town Council. The council was scheduled to consider it Wednesday night, which was too late for press time.

Fire fleet maintenance

The board approved a grant request to the state for the creation of a regional fire fleet maintenance facility at 100 Fairfield Ave., Norwalk. The facility would be shared by New Canaan, Rowayton and Weston.

"When their full-time mechanic retires," said Fire Chief Edward Karl, who made the request. "Wilton will look into joining this regional organization."

The $900,000 grant will be submitted through the South Western Regional Planning Agency and the City of Norwalk to the state's Office of Policy and Management, under the Regional Performance Incentive Grant for fiscal year 2014. He said, however, the money likely wouldn't be available until 2016.

"We're very early into this," he said. "It's basically capital equipment, but there's also about $200,000 to hire an additional one and half employees.

"What's great about this grant is there's no co-pay from the town and the town can withdraw from it any time it wants."

He said the department is looking into other regional initiatives with area towns. "We're still trying to do the regional dispatch," he said.

Sobriety checkpoints

Another regional initiative grant request, to which the board gave its approval to apply, will help fund personnel for sobriety checkpoints involving the police departments from New Canaan, Darien, Norwalk, Weston, Westport and Wilton.

"We've done this for many years," Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said. "What's different this year is the regional effort."

The chief said the checkpoints are geared to "holiday times," he said. "It's generally very well received and successful, and it's a good visibility effort. It reduces drunk driving."

He said all the other towns have trouble staffing the checkpoints, which require six to eight officers in a shift.

The Comprehensive DUI Enforcement Program Grant will cover $8,925, or 75 percent of the total cost of $11,900. It would come through the state Department of Transportation's Highway Safety Office.

"It sounds like another great way to do regionalization," Selectman Beth Jones said.

Jarret Liotta is a freelance writer.