ESSEX— The board of selectmen has endorsed a special expenditure of $40,000 to replace an aging oil boiler that provides heat for town hall. Selectmen approved the expenditure, which also requires approval from the board of finance and voters at a town meeting, at the regular meeting last week.
First Selectman Norman Needleman said the boiler, which is more than thirty years old, has begun having problems, including excessive smoke, that raise the possibility of a failure. Needleman recommended replacing it with two new, smaller and more efficient oil boilers at a cost of no more than $40,000. He said the smaller boilers would bring a savings on heating oil expenses.
In other business, the selectmen agreed to return to the previous meeting schedule, two meetings per month on the first and third Wednesday, for the remainder of the year. The board had decided during the summer to hold only one regular meeting each month. The selectmen will meet Nov. 6 at 5 p.m, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m., Dec. 4 at 5 p.m, and Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.