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The department has been moving forward on our projects as the summer winds down. We've even begun to think about the winter season. Don't forget that Brookfield's parking ban goes in to effect in November.

This month I felt it was important to share some numbers with the readers of "The Citizen".

During the months of September and October the department has been very busy with paving, curbing and structures. A base coat of paving was applied to Prouty St., the parking lot behind the Town Hall, the new police station and Mill St. at a cost of $84,847.73. We expect to complete the paving the last week in October. Whenever an area is paved the structures a.k.a manholes and catch basins have to be raised to the new height of the paved area. We were surprised to learn that the cost of having an outside contractor raise each structure would be $600 each. The total number of structures that needed to be raised was 30. Estimated cost to the town was $18,000.00. Herb made the decision to have the department raise the structures. The cost to the town including overtime was $5,670.02 Savings to the town $12,329.98.

Curbing installation is another step that goes hand in hand with paving. Granite curb was purchased for Prouty St. and the police station. Again Herb felt that he could not justify the expense of hiring an outside contractor to install the 1 200 feet of curbing at a cost of $1 0/ft. The department installed the curbing at a cost of $6853.80. Savings to the town $5,146.20

The upcoming work plan includes paving, asphalt patching, getting the equipment ready for inspections and winter, patching potholes, cleaning off catch basins and clean up from all the summer projects. Leaf pickup in the village center is planned for the week of November 1 6, 201 5

Thanks for reading!

P.S. For those of you who don't know Cindy, the picture above is NOT Cindy Thompson.

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Original Publication Date: November 1, 2015

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