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CRRA, firehouse at brief meeting

FALLS VILLAGE — First Selectman Pat Mechare reported two resignations from the Recreation Commission at a very brief regular monthly meeting of the Board of Selectmen Monday, Sept. 12.Suzanne Chinatti and Beth Grayson resigned from the commission. Mechare said that Chinatti had only been on the commission a short time and her schedule no longer allowed participation.Mechare reported to Selectman Chuck Lewis (Selectman Peter Lawson was on vacation) that the bid packages for the renovation of 103 Main St. (the Falls Village Children’s Theater) have been advertised and bids are due next month. The theater is one of several projects receiving funding from state grants.The library, which is planning to have work done on the foundation, among other things, is also receiving a grant, and Mechare said letters of interest have been sent to engineers.The Falls Village Volunteer Fire Department met Tuesday night and will inform the selectmen of their plans. There is another state Small Town Economic Assistance Program grant (of $200,000) in play there as well. The grant would have been used for the initial stages of building a new emergency services center, but that plan was rejected last month by voters. The grant expires in December, and the selectmen need to know if they should seek an extension.Mechare said the board is likely to sign a contract with the Connecticut Resource Recovery Authority (CRRA) at a special meeting later this month. Proposals from two other entities have been either sketchy or non-existent; the question is whether to sign a five- or a 15-year deal with CRRA.

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