Greenwich residents want spending on schools, not bumpouts: ‘Put that money toward more vital projects’

During the nearly four-hour public hearing before the Board of Estimate & Taxation, several of the 78 speakers targeted the proposed $2.8 million allocation for bumpout improvements at Greenwich Avenue and Arch Street for criticism. Several speakers said the money would be better spent on Greenwich’s schools, pointing to the need to build a new Central Middle School and to renovate Old Greenwich and Julian Curtiss Schools. RTM Budget Overview Committee Chair Lucia Jansen noted that both the school budget and the town capital project budget came in above the BET guidelines. Many speakers offered support for the school projects. There was also strong support for a $300,000 allocation for Byram pedestrian safety and intersection improvements. The proposed allocation also had the support of town Director of Planning and Zoning Katie DeLuca, who noted the years of work that have gone into Glenville improvements.

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