Winterizing John Pettibone Elementary School in New Milford is on the top of the agenda for the town's new Mayor. Democrat David Gronbach's first day in office was yesterday. The next Town Council meeting is set for December 14th. The Newstimes reports that Gronbach has promised to have the building sufficiently heated so that there won't be any damaged from burst pipes and other winter woes.
But there was no money included in the town budget for this effort. The Public Works Department is getting an estimate on what it would cost.
When it was decided that the school would close, then-Mayor Pat Murphy asked the Board of Education to transfer the balance of the Pettibone School budget to the town for maintenance. The Board voted against the transfer.