WILTON — The town manager voiced several “gentle reminders” for Wilton residents on transfer station permits, dog registration and winter sand usage at Tuesday night’s Selectboard meeting.

Town Manager Rhonda Irish reminded residents that they must register their dogs with the town by Jan. 29 or face a state-mandated $25 fee per dog in addition to the original $25 registration fee.

Irish also reinforced the terms of use associated with the sand the town provides for residents to use during the winter, which can be obtained at the Town Office or the transfer station. Residents are allowed to take the equivalent of up to four 5-gallon buckets of sand every day. She stressed that the sand is to be used for private residential purposes, not commercial use.

In past years, sand was available at the Wilton Highway Garage; but since that is no longer the case, there is no reason the public should be taking sand from the garage. Irish and Selectboard members stressed that given the work that takes place at the garage, public access to the garage can pose a safety risk.

In accordance with a town ordinance, Irish reminded residents that they must display their transfer station permits by March 1 in order to dispose of trash at the station.

The Selectboard postponed further discussion of sewer rate increases until its next meeting, when Irish hopes to be able to present the board with an accurate breakdown of how many households and businesses are on the town’s sewer line.

At their last meeting, Selectboard members discussed possibly offsetting sewer rate increases by including town funding in the 2016-2017 budget to go toward debt payments the Water District will need to make in the future.

The debt payments are from two phases of loans the district used to fund to the $10.8 million upgrade of the town’s wastewater system and treatment plant.

Lauren Abbate — 861-9252

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Twitter: @Lauren_M_Abbate

 


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