Special town meeting on May 25 in Winsted

WINSTED — A special town meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. at Pearson School to discuss a resolution for the town’s Water Works Department to borrow and appropriate funds to improve its system and storage tanks.
According to a press release by the town, the department wants to borrow $6,200,000 from the state’s Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund for various projects.
The loan qualifies for 25 percent forgiveness when the project is completed, while a 50 percent forgiveness rate may apply under certain circumstances.
According to the department, if a loan is taken out no rate increase would be imposed to residents.
The funds would be used for three projects: the replacement of 4,000 linear feet of the water main distribution system under Case Avenue, Center Street, Greenwoods Avenue, Thibault Avenue, and the eastern section of Holabird Avenue due to aging.
The water mains are over 100 years old and some were built from now obsolete materials.
The funds would also go towards the replacement of a 46-year-old water storage tank on Wallens Hill.
The tank, which can store 1.5 million gallons, has been decommissioned and would be replaced by a smaller 500,000-gallon tank.
The third potential project if the department is allowed to borrow funds is the addition of a 500,000-gallon water storage tank to the Crystal Lake water treatment plant on Route 263.
The existing 25-year-old 1,000,000 gallon storage tank requires repairs.
As the existing tank is repaired, the new tank would maintain water pressure on customers.
According to the Water Works Department, there are currently 2,573 customers that are served by the town.

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