Council hears about updates, expenses

By SHERIDAN CYR

STAFF WRITER

Plainville’s Town Council met on Oct. 15 and shared some updates, events, expenses and other communications with residents.

A major project saw a groundbreaking, chair Kathy Pugliese said. The water pollution control project, a $15 million state-mandated project, is well under-way. The town was eligible for a grant that covers 50 percent of the cost, and a low-cost loan to pay off the rest of the cost.

Starting in January, there will be a change in the probate district in which Plainville is in. The town is currently in the Bristol/Plymouth probate district. It will soon be included in the Farmington/Berlin district, which will be housed in Farmington town hall.

The town manager, Robert Lee, shared an update on the road bond program, which was approved by voters in 2014. It dedicated $1 million per year, for five years, to repave roads in town.

“We have completed four years of the program, and that includes 54 roads, 8.4 miles total, at $3,927,855,” said Lee. “There’s a little more than $1 million left in the road bond that will be spent next year.”

Additionally, there are two other roads that were paved using grants from the Capital Region Council of Governments. That includes Cooke Street and a portion of Northwest Drive at a total of $2,296,335 and 1.8 miles of road.

At the Oct. 15 meeting, the council voted to approve three business items.

A buildings and grounds truck, a 1995 Chevrolet 1.5 ton pickup truck, was deemed unfit for the road. The superintendent of buildings and grounds recommended a 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 4×4 pickup truck. A state bid contract for the $23,763 purchase was approved unanimously, which is below what was authorized in the capital improvements plan at $26,000. The current truck will be auctioned off at a later date.

The council also approved non-treated and treated road salt bids. The non-treated salt will be purchased at a cost of $59.59  per ton. Lee said 1,200 tons will be purchased. The treated road salt will be purchased at a rate of $72.50 per ton, and 500 tons will be needed. The non-treated salt will be purchased through a state bid contract, and the treated salt will be purchased through a Capital Region Council of Governments bid.

Lee added as winter goes on, the town may need to purchase more salt.