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New Fairfield residents approved funding for SRO, other items

New Fairfield residents attending a Special Town Meeting last night approved, nearly unanimously, spending requests.  Just one person voted in opposition to the item, which included all of the $195,500.  

A third full-time school resource officer for the Meeting House Hill School and Consolidated Early Learning Academy campus will be funded.  Police coverage at the elementary schools have historically been funded through overtime shifts so the town could save thousands each year. 

The Board of Selectmen's budget this year included money for a police vehicle, but there's a $5,000 shortfall due to price increases.  That funding was also approved last night. 

There was also funding for part time dispatchers included.  The Board of Selectmen previously voted to keep the dispatch center in town as long as there is more than one person at a time at the center and the that length of the shifts are shortened.

A 5-percent hike in the Nuvance contract for ambulance/paramedic services came in after the town approved a budget for the year, so the difference was approved last night.  First Selectman Pat Del Monaco says the town could consider looking elsewhere for services in the future because the increase is not sustainable.  

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