Orange voters approve bonding for $14.9 million of capital improvements

ORANGE >> Town voters Tuesday approved bonding to finance $14.9 million for 14 capital improvements to schools, the police station, roads and town buildings.

The referendum vote was 308 in favor to 91 against.

Under the town’s plan, of the $14.9 million, about $5.3 million is slated to be paid by the state.

At a recent informational meeting about the bond projects, the town’s bond expert said that because Orange has an AAA bond rating — the highest designation possible — the cost of borrowing money for 25 years is low. First Selectman James Zeoli said the capital improvements have a life of at least 30 to 50 years.

The improvement projects through the proposed bonding include: complete renovation of the south wing of High Plains Community Center; updating of the Capecelatro Pool locker rooms — which haven’t been significantly renovated since opening 41 years ago; rehabilitation of the Derby Milford Road bridge; widening of a portion of Derby Milford Road; road paving; repaving of the 50-year-old Turkey Hill School parking lot; rehabilitation of the driveway and parking lot at Race Brook School; a new police communication console; paving of the police, fire and highway department lots; a new police department generator; dehumidifier for the town pool; exterior renovations to the library; upgrade of Turkey Hill school to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and driveway work at Fred Wolfe Park.