Trumbull's Recycling Coordinator is in place, and plans are in the works for household organic composting, while Wi-Fi is could be in Town Hall.
The Board of Finance recently approved a funds transfer requested by town IT Director Bill Chin, and it allowed Public Works Director John Marsilio to fund the the composting project.
Improvement from Mistakes
The funding for composting comes from the town being fined $20,000 by the then-state Department of Environmental Protection from 2004 to 2007. The town failed to monitor its wastewater, Marsilio said.
But the fine was negotiated down to $15,000 and can be used toward making the town greener.
"We would like to commit that money in this fiscal year," he said.
The programs could be unrolled in several months, according to Marsilio.
Composting kitchen waste reduces the amount of garbage burned in Bridgeport, for which Trumbull pays by the ton. The organic waste can be used as fertilizer.
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Wi-Fi and Q-Alert
If you haven't noticed yet, residents can report potholes and other problems personally through the town website, a service of two programs, Q Send and Q Alert.
All of the funding comes from an existing account.
Regarding Wi-Fi, he estimated the cost at $13,000 to $15,000. But he asked to use $20,000 just in case.
Finance Board Member Tom Tesoro asked Chin to bid first and get concrete numbers. "I like to see bids in hand," Tesoro said.
In addition to Wi-Fi, Chin said he is "trying to virtualize all of our servers" because the current network equipment is aging.
"I definitely think the service project needs to go forward now," Chin said. The transfer request passed 4-2.