History-Making Milestone for Women in Wilton’s Government

Perhaps it’s appropriate for a year where Wilton officials are planning to commemorate 100 years of women’s suffrage, that history is being made for women leaders in Wilton.

At last Monday night’s meeting of the Board of Selectmen, the Board members elected Lori Bufano as second selectwoman. In that role, she would step in anytime First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice is unavailable to serve.

Town Clerk Lori Kaback confirmed that for the first time ever, the both the first and second selectmen’s spots are held by women. What’s more, women hold a majority of the seats on the Board of Selectmen, with Deb McFadden as the third of five BOS members (although that statistic has been the case for the last two years).

Town Hall Roof Repairs

Also during Monday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting, the topic of Town Hall roof repairs came up–again. There’s been an ongoing effort to stop the leaks from above, primarily in the area of roof above the town clerk’s and registrars’ office, but according to First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice, the weather hasn’t cooperated to allow the necessary work to be completed.

“We never got enough clear days. Some work was done on the roof to take care of through the winter, but we did have a problem in one corner of the town clerk’s office, with a small drip leak. There was an odor, so we moved everyone out into the meeting room,” she explained.

Vanderslice said the repair work will be completed in the Spring.

Parks & Recreation Commission Update on Track Repair

After a review by Wilton’s town counsel, the Request for Qualifications and Proposals (RFQ/P) for the Track Renovation Project has been posted on the town website, as of Nov. 25. Proposals from potential design and engineer firms are due no later than Tuesday, Dec. 17, at noon.

The replacement of the track is scheduled for the summer of 2020 contingent on approval at the Town Meeting in May 2020.
According to the RFQ/P, the design services being sought “…will include, but are not limited to, assessment of the existing track, the development of bid-ready documents including preparation of construction drawings, specifications, bid requirements and an estimated cost of construction.”

At the Nov. 13 Parks and Recreation Commission meeting, Parks & Rec Department director Steve Pierce said that after all bids are received, three potential bidders will be publicly posted on the Town website.

According to Pierce, the schedule has been developed to provide enough time to coordinate with preparation by town officials  for preliminary budget meetings in February, in time for May’s Town Meeting.