PLAINVILLE - The town is eyeing a location at the end of Norton Street Extension for the proposed dog park.
Town Manager Robert E. Lee said at Monday’s Town Council meeting that he met with Dan Ciesielski, chairman of the dog park committee, who said the location looked like a good place for the park. Ciesielski told Lee he would bring it up to the rest or the committee at their May 10 meeting.
“He said that he will also be inviting dog owners to the site to get additional feedback,” said Lee.
Additionally, Lee said that water quality tests were conducted at 30 town homes and businesses. This study came in response to Lee receiving more than 100 complaints throughout town.
“The Department of Public Health analysis will be completed in two to three weeks,” said Lee. “They will then meet with town staff and Valley Water Company in mid-May. We have scheduled a public hearing for June 8 at 7 p.m. in a location to be announced. We will then hear DPH’s recommendations and residents will be able to comment.”
The council also set a date for the all day budget vote of April 25 in the Plainville Fire House Meeting Room. The budget totals $58,525,194, with an estimated tax rate of 34.70 mills - 2.23 percent higher than last year’s budget. The budget assumes that the revenues in the governor’s proposed budget will remain the same.
Yet another public hearing was set for April 24 at 7 p.m. at Wheeler Elementary School’s gymnasium for proposed renovations at the school.
Town staff will also offer tours of the school at 6 p.m. that day. A referendum will be held on the Wheeler renovation June 6 at the Plainville Fire House from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The council later approved Dominic Savo to join the Plainville Police Department. He previously served as an officer in Torrington for two-and-a-half years.
Chief Matthew Catania introduced Savo and noted his athletic achievements at Southwest Florida College as well as his strong work ethic.
“He is intelligent, friendly and approachable,” said Catania. “His colleagues have told me that he is hard working and diligent. I believe he will be an excellent addition to our team.”
Savo will go through the local police department’s field training program and then join the patrol unit.
“Welcome to Plainville,” said Council Chair Kathy Pugliese. “We are very happy to have you with us. I admire anyone who takes on the role of an officer; it is a challenging role in these times. We wish you every success in the future.”
Nikoleta McTigue of Blum Shapiro also presented the company’s 2016 audit of the town. She said there was no issue with compliance with state or federal requirements but that the town was found to have one significant deficiency in its bank reconciliation process. This is not a timely process in Plainville, she said.
“Due to the lack of staff involved in the process it is impossible to segregate duties,” she said. “This has been an issue for the past couple years so we elevated it to a significant deficiency. Lack of staff is the primary issue.”
Blum Shapiro was also approved for the 2017 audit at Monday’s meeting.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.