Repair funds for Wilton’s reservoir dam encumbered

WILTON – Selectman Chairman Dan Donovan called it one of those cases where “everyone thought someone else was doing it.”

Consequently, an engineering study of the New Reservoir Dam on Sand Hill Road in Wilton – approved by voters at Town Meeting last March – wasn’t done.

Water Commissioner Tom Schultz met with the selectmen Dec. 30 to discuss the situation and it was decided the money would be encumbered and the work done when it is feasible.

Water commissioners will contact the Department of Environmental Services, which had ordered the study, and set up a time table.

The confusion was apparently caused by the town vote, which committed the town to doing the study rather than the Water Board.

DES cited the dam for several deficiencies in June 2012, which led to the request at town meeting for $16,600 for an engineering study.

Schultz said the commissioners were in contact with the original bidder to see if his estimates were still valid.

The dam on Sand Hill Road was constructed in 1937 and is owned by the town. Until the town changed to wells for a water supply, the reservoir was the source of the town’s water.