Wilton voters to weigh several articles on fire station's future

WILTON – The future of the town fire station takes up several warrant articles that will be considered by traditional Town Meeting this Friday.

Voters will also consider a proposed operating budget of $3.98 million, which is $35,000, or about 1 percent, less than last year.

Renovating and enlarging the fire station, or purchasing the nearby Draper Energy Building,

In connection with the fire station, the selectmen propose a series of actions, reshaping a capital reserve fund for the department, then adding $84,630 to the newly created capital reserve fund.

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The next article asks that the town raise $795,000 for the purchase of the Draper Building, a former garage just down the street from the fire station, $300,000 of which would come from general taxation. The remainder is in the reserve funds accounts.

If that article is rejected, the town asks that the $300,000 be added to the reserve fund for future fire station expansion.

Other items to be discussed are a new ambulance for the regional emergency service. Wilton will provide 65 percent of the estimated $160,000 cost, with Lyndeborough and Temple providing the rest.

Also debated are money for eventual decommissioning of the incinerator at the recycling center; a new police cruiser at $18,500.

Also on the warrant are a new agreement with Milford for water and sewer services and designation of a portion of Dwight Road as a scenic road.

The meeting takes place Friday at 7:30 p.m., in the Florence Rideout Elementary School gym.