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Sharon Town Hall parking lot plans include EV charging, better lighting

SHARON — The selectmen discussed options for the renovation of the Town Hall parking lot at their regular meeting on March 22.

Plans are likely to include reconfigured drainage, better lighting and new electric vehicle charging stations.

“We can probably do the work ourselves; we have the equipment,” said First Selectman Brent Colley, expecting to use the town crew.

This year’s work would include removing the present asphalt pavement, laying the conduit that will carry the electrical line to the charging stations, and improving drainage.

Funding provided through the state’s STEAP (Small Town Economic Assistance Program) grant of $125,000 is expected to cover most of the cost, with an additional $60,000 added by the town.

Colley noted that the town’s building inspector asked that the selectmen determine the cost of providing for faster charging stations that provide for less charging time but need 800-900 volts of power to operate.

“It makes sense to have fast charging stations,” Selectman Casey Flanagan said, noting that the difference would be one hour to fully charge a vehicle, rather than waiting eight hours at a slower station.

The selectmen are also studying lighting options for the parking lot, developing a final plan in the coming weeks.

Next door to Town Hall, the town-owned property at 67 Main St. needs a new ramp, presently included in Phase 3 of the project. Discussing that element, the selectmen felt that the ramp project could be accomplished by using rental revenues.

The selectmen have scheduled a town meeting to be held on April 7, beginning at 6:15 p.m. to accept the town’s financial report and to appropriate $14,000 to Parks and Recreation for work on the pavilion roof at Veterans’ Field.

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