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Ridgefield Letter: Please Vote Yes at In Person Town Meeting, Oct. 20

Please attend, in person, a Town Meeting this Wednesday, October 20, at Veterans Park Elementary School, 7:30 PM.  Voters will decide to use up to $2.9 million of ARPA(American Rescue Plan Act) funds toward the construction of the Rt 7 Pump Station/Force Main.
 
Construction bids for this important infrastructure project were received in June 2021 and all bids were approximately 40% or more overestimated cost. These higher bids were the result of the impact of Covid 19 on building materials, equipment, and labor.  The low bid of $8.2 million will only be honored until November 2021.
 
This Sewer Construction project is required to meet new DEEP regulations and, as a result, must be completed.
 
Please attend and vote Yes to use available ARPA dollars to fund these increased costs for the construction of this necessary utility. 
 
Non-approval will result in significant dollar increases to the project by:
 
* Jeopardizing Clean Water Fund grant dollars, in the amount of $900,000 to $1,500,000, currently allocated to the project.
* Jeopardizing locking in the current low bid amount with a certainty of increased costs in a rebidding. 
 
If the ARPA funds are not approved, these increases will need to be paid for by the users and ratepayers. Please vote Yes to use the ARPA funds for one of the uses they were intended for-investing in wastewater infrastructure projects. 
 
Maureen Kozlark
24 Oneill Court

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