On Monday night, the New Milford Town Council will consider an additional expenditure to turn the former Pettibone School into a Community Center. The Zoning Commission has required the Town to install additional lighting in the parking lots, and the estimated cost is $155,000.
Mayor David Gronbach has proposed tapping the Waste Management Fund for the allocation. He says the fund has over 11 million dollars in it and cannot be used on roads or bridges and can only be used to buy land or construct municipal public recreation, educational or library facilities.
The community center would house the Parks and Rec and the Youth Agency.
Gronbach says the interior work is 95% done. High speed fiber has been installed and electrical upgrades were made. Parks and Rec has painted their offices, which he says will save New Milford thousands of dollars in the process. The Youth Agency has also prepped their space, painted and cleaned.
Consultants, at no cost to the Town, are studying a plan to replace the roof, install solar and other sources to generate its own electricity.