Special town meeting set for Oct. 28

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FARMINGTON – Selectmen approved a warrant for a special town meeting set for Oct. 28 at the Community Center.

After appointing a moderator, voters will decide if KNK Properties, LLC, should be given a permanent easement across a parking lot on Exchange Street so a larger water main can be connected for the installation of a sprinkler system in the former Masonic building facing Main Street.

The new owners of the building need to install a sprinkler system in order to meet building safety codes.

In a second article, selectmen would like the authorization to deed a small lot near Temple Stream off the Wilton Road to Kevin and Judy Vining in exchange for a lot they are giving the town for the new pump station.

The new pump station would be located away from Temple Stream and further from the Wilton Road. The old pump to be replaced is three decades old and is considered a major station that has been handling the waste water along the Wilton Road stretch.

In earlier action at their Tuesday night meeting, selectmen approved the bid of $337,237 to replace the old pump. The price had jumped $19,470 from a year ago when the estimate was first sought. Work had to wait on replacing the old pump system for the easement deed swap to be completed with the Vinings.

E.L. Vining and Son, Inc. was awarded the bid. Town Manager Richard Davis said the higher cost, which was budgeted, is due to the general fuel cost increases that have driven up construction costs across the board.

Voter will also decide if an amendment to the town’s sign ordinance should be made. Political campaign signs are already prohibited in two traffic islands and this amendment seeks to further prohibit signs at the intersection of High and Farmington Falls Road.

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