New Fairfield beach house project estimates go more than $1M over budget, town engineer says

The New Fairfield Town Park beach house reconstruction project — for which $700,000 in ARPA money was allocated — has come in over budget, town engineer Antonio Iadarola told the Board of Selectmen during its Feb. 2 meeting. After bringing the “major budget issue” to the attention of First Selectwoman Melissa Lindsey, he said officials decided to finish the design of the project, put it out to bid and find a funding solution later. The most costly of the town’s 10 ARPA projects is a $1.6 million sewer project aimed at addressing the lack of sewer and water infrastructure in the center of town through the design and permitting of a connection from New Fairfield’s downtown commercial zone to Danbury’s regional wastewater treatment plant. Town officials have said the sewer project would also support the future environmental health of the town, as the septic systems serving businesses in New Fairfield’s downtown pose environmental concerns, and the aging septic systems put Ball Pond Brook — which passes through the commercial zone — at risk of contamination.

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