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Efficiencies planned for town buildings

NORTH CANAAN — The Board of Selectmen signed a contract with Burlington Construction of Torrington for one phase of the planned energy upgrades to Town Hall. Burlington bid $40,759 to install airlock vestibules at the two front entrances. A door at the east end of the building will be replaced with a more energy-efficient model. At the annual town meeting Dec. 13, voters approved the expenditure of up to $65,671.77 on upgrades, such as digital thermostats and motion-detecting light switches.At North Canaan Elementary School, the latest estimate to replace older windows and doors is $310,604. First Selectman Douglas Humes said the Board of Finance is working with the school administration to figure out how to pay for the proposed work. The plan will need approval in a town meeting vote.Notes: Board members reached a consensus not to opt into a proposed regional dog pound. They reasoned that the facility at the town garage is adequate and that it is not a financial priority right now.

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