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New Fairfield schedules referendum on 10 ARPA projects

New Fairfield residents have voted to send 10 proposed projects to be funded with American Rescue Plan Act dollars to a referendum.  That vote will be held on October 18th from 8am to 8pm at New Fairfield Senior Center.  The 10 projects would use about $4.1 million in federal funding.  The largest project is the sewer design and permitting project.   Most septic systems serving small businesses in the center of Town are close to 30 years old and some are starting to experience failures. Reliance on septic systems also severely restricts both the types of businesses that can operate in Town and the potential growth of existing small businesses. The project could be expanded to include New Fairfield schools and Town buildings, also served by aging septic systems.  The business/commercial zone is located above the largest drinking water aquifer in New Fairfield, presenting a potential environmental concern should these systems fail. Ball Pond Brook, which discharges directly to Candlewood Lake, passes through the zone and is also at risk of contamination from aging septics.