The city will be adding as many as four buses to its fleet.

The Board of Aldermen, at its meeting Thursday, July 11, approved an expenditure of $20,000 for the purchase of four reconditioned, 20-person buses from Valley Transit. Aldermen President John Anglace said the city has not decided on whether to purchase all four as of yet but did approve the funds with that in mind.

Anglace said the idea is to purchase the buses now so any necessary modifications can be completed in time for September, when the vehicles will be used for transporting students to after-school interscholastic activities, among other uses.

“This is a good purpose,” said Anglace about the proposed use of these buses.

All four buses are ADA compliant, with four wheelchair positions on each bus. Anglace said a city mechanic has examined all four vehicles and determined each had been refurbished.

Anglace said he has also told Shelton Senior Center officials — who are hopeful of obtaining a similar type bus — to speak with Mayor Mark Lauretti about the availability of any more buses through Valley Transit.

“The opportunity presented itself, so we acted before we lost out on it,” said Anglace about the bus purchases. “This seems to me to be a good opportunity not to pass up.”

Other business

The aldermen approved a $73,172.11 special appropriation to cover improvements to the fire department’s Rescue 45 and outfitting for the department’s new Utility 31. Anglace said the funds will come from bonding, or financing through borrowing in the bond market. In all, Shelton Fire Chief Francis T. Jones III stated in a letter to Lauretti dated July 1 that $55,572.11 was needed to complete the outfitting of the refurbishment of Rescue 45. Jones stated that $17,600 was needed for the outfitting of new Utility 31, work which was approved in 2018.

The board approved $2,300 to cover the cost of the landscaping at the Huntington Fire House. Dan & Dave Septic & Landscaping LLC performed the work — which included regrading around the existing retaining wall, hauling top soil, spreading and raking the soil, and seeding, fertilizing and hay mulching all the disturbed areas. The funds are coming from the city’s contingency general account.

The board approved reappointments of Democrats Michael Davis and Christopher Gallo and Republicans Robert Douglas Dempsey and Gene Kierce to the Public Employees Appeals Board. The aldermen also voted to reappoint Republican Barbara Lombardi to the Naugatuck Valley Health District board of directors for a three-year term effective immediately.

The aldermen approved payment of $3,377.65 to the corporation counsel and $1,155 for the assistant corporation counsel — all for recent legal services.

brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com