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Brookfield meetings on capital items, school projects, storm recovery

A Special Board of Selectmen meeting is being held in Brookfield tonight about funding for storm clean up.  Residents are asked to sign off on $1.2 million for the effort.  Brookfield is applying for FEMA aid, but a federal disaster declaration has not yet been made.  Town officials have estimated that there was $3.8 million in damage to roads and public spaces.  
Another item on the agenda is the capital budget, which failed on the day of the storm and was not voted on during the second referendum.  The proposal was narrowly rejected last month. 
Tonight's meeting is at 7pm.
The Brookfield schools Strategic Facilities Committee is looking for community feedback about renovation or building a new school.  The group says changing town demographics and aging facilities has district officials examining the cost and benefits. The Committee is looking for feedback about priorities, design, and renovation or rebuilding.  The  public forum is Thursday at 7pm in the Brookfield High School auditorium.  Various school project options will be detailed.  
Several repair and renovation projects were completed during the district's April vacation, including the demolition and removal of the vacant portables at Huckleberry Hill Elementary, replacement of the gymnasium windows at Center Elementary School, and relining of water tanks at Huckleberry Hill and Whisconier Middle School.