FAIRFIELD — The Board of Finance has agreed to transfer $1.8 million for fill testing and remediation costs.

At its Tuesday night meeting, the Board voted to make $800,000 available for use now and transfer $1 million to debt services for additional testing and remediation costs going forward.

These funds will come from the town’s surplus, as well as money previously allocated to the police, fire, library, health, IT and ECC budgets.

It also approved an additional $2.7 million transfer into debt services for potential costs and unknown expenses. Dipping into these funds, as well as the additional $1 million in debt services, would require RTM approval.

Since August, the town has been testing sites that used soil from the controversial Public Works fill pile . Among these sites have been schools, parks and playscapes.

Two Public Works employees, as well as the co-owner of Julian, were arrested in August on dumping and bribery charges.

According to court documents, Former Public Works Superintendent Scott Bartlett agreed to allow Julian to dump contaminated material at the site. The court documents state that police believe Julian Enterprises resold some of the soil that was loaded with contaminated material as clean fill for construction projects in Fairfield.

Bartlett and Jason Julian both pleaded not-guilty on Oct. 1.

The town has tested 60 sites for contaminatiion in the past six weeks. Eight sites are currently being evaluated for remediation after the discovery of low levels of contamination.

Conservation Director and Interim Public Works Director Bryan Carey said they have so far spent $359,000 on testing and are predicting costs of roughly $719,000 for remediation. The $1.8 million transfer accounts for potential costs of testing and remediation on the town’s 21 supplemental sites .

According to Carey, Public Works has chosen a contractor for the remediation of Gould Manor Park, which will cost an estimated $119,500. Remediation costs will vary by site, he said, as they are determined largely by the type of material to be removed.

While the Board had planned to hear from Town Attorney Stanton Lesser and Human Resources Director Emmett Hibson on the issue Tuesday night, both sent letters expressing that they were unable to attend due to conflicts. Chair Tom Flynn requested that they hold a special meeting of the Board of Finance to hear from Lesser and Hibson on Monday, Oct. 21.

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