Election Day 2019: Referendum to request $5 million for roads

The Plainville Town Council held a public hearing on Monday, July 15, to authorize the appropriation of $5 million to be used for road paving and related improvements.

Town staff has recommended that the proposed ordinance be added the November ballot.

Town manager Robert Lee said that the list of streets being considered would be those that have not been repaved “from approximately 1988, and we feel that will bring us up to as late as, perhaps, 1996.”

If the referendum is approved in November, Lee said that the town would be paving one-fifth of the listed roads during the summer of 2020 with an additional one-fifth of the roads per summer for the next five years.

The council unanimously approved the motion, voting to add the proposed ordinance to the ballot.

A copy of the proposed ordinance is on file and available for public inspection during normal business hours in the office of the Town Clerk, 1 Center Sq., and the Plainville Public Library, 56 E Main St.

Police Chief of the Year

Lee recognized Plainville police chief Matthew Catania being named as Police Chief of the Year during the Law Enforcement Awards and Recognition dinner on June 25.

The Law Enforcement Awards and Recognition dinner was a joint effort between the Peace Islands Institute of Connecticut, the Yale University Police Department, and the New Haven branch of the FBI.

Town of Plainville officials—council chair Katherine Pugliese, former superintendent Dr. Maureen Brummett, Trish Tomplinson of the public library, Shawn Cohen and Ronda Guberman, director and assistant director of the senior center, amongst others—each drafted letters supporting Catania for the award, and it was reported that those letters helped to set Catania apart from the other three finalists.

2019 police chief of the year

Paderewski Park

Lee reported a resident recently contacted town staff regarding the access to Paderewski Park and pond. Previously, residents living in the Birch Tree Road-Dogwood Road-Plumtree Road area were able to access the pond (located behind Wheeler Elementary School) via a path on the Wheeler School property.

Lee said that a fence needed to be constructed around the school to restrict access on school properties during the school year, so the fence also prohibits access to the Paderewski pond area from the school.

“Town staff consulted with the parks and recreation advisory board, and their recommendation is to create a path on town-owned property, adjacent to the east side of the new fence,” said Lee.

To contact staff writer Taylor Murchison-Gallagher, email her at TMurchison@BristolObserver.com.