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Cell tower proposal is now online

SALISBURY — The town and education budget proposals are available on the town website, First Selectman Curtis Rand noted at the Monday, April 5, meeting of the Board of Selectmen.

Residents are invited to comment by email, letter or phone. 

The Board of Finance will hold a public hearing on Zoom on Monday, April 19, 7:30 p.m.

Rand said the town will use the same procedure for final approval of the budgets as last year, under Gov. Ned Lamont’s executive orders regarding public gatherings and town meetings, which have been extended until May 20. The selectmen will use their emergency authority to vote on the budgets, rather than try and hold an annual town budget meeting.

The town website (www.salisburyct.us) has been completely redesigned. Rand thanked Emily Egan for her work on the new site.

Memorial Day parade

Selectman Chris Williams said there will not be a Memorial Day parade this year. “We’re not close enough to the end of the pandemic,” he said.

Wake Robin cell tower

Rand noted that the paperwork regarding a proposed cell phone tower at 106 Sharon Road (the Wake Robin Inn) had just arrived at Town Hall. The proposal is on the town website and hard copies are available (call ahead with a request).

The proposal is docket number 501 on the Connecticut Siting Council website (www.portal.ct.gov/CSC, click on “pending matters”). 

No public hearing date has been set.

Food waste plan

The pilot program for removing food waste from the garbage at the Salisbury-Sharon Transfer Station is underway. Rand noted that the trash-to-electricity plant in Hartford is going to go offline next year, at which point towns like Salisbury will have to ship municipal solid waste out of state.

“There’s got to be a better way,” he said.

Removing food scraps from the garbage stream will reduce the overall weight significantly.

Rand said internal discussions are underway about reopening Town Hall to the public.

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