PLAINVILLE - Several firefighters were honored for longtime service Tuesday by the Town Council. Their spouses, children and other friends and family filled Council Chambers in support.
“Congratulations, not just for your longevity but also for your commitment to Plainville and for keeping people safe and for investing so much time and energy,” said council Chairwoman Kathy Pugliese. “You put in an incredible amount of effort and recently did a fine job handling a major incident. We also thank you and your families for the time you given up in serving in our volunteer fire department.”
Councilor Scott Saunders, who presented the awards, said the annual awards always make this his favorite meeting of the year.
“It is amazing to me how long some of you have served and we are much better as a town for it,” said Saunders. “I’ve gotten to know many of you over the years and just how committed you are to the community. Whether it is fires or flooding, you are there pulling people out and we’re extremely grateful.”
The longest-serving honoree was Douglas Doughty, who has been with the department for 40 years.
Honored for five years of service were Philip Rousseau, Douglas Marcareli and Brian Roper. Thomas Moschini Jr., James Lenois Sr. and Paul Rousseau got 10-year awards, while John Myska and Stephen Chapman were honored for 20 years and Adrian Paradis III and Timothy Lennon for 25.
Chief Kevin Tonor said he was proud to be a part of the department.
“When there is work to do, even if it is freezing cold or inclement weather, we shake it off, stick together and do what we have to do,” he said.
In other business Tuesday, Town Manager Robert E. Lee announced that a referendum on the $15 million state-mandated water pollution control facility will be held on Jan. 30 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the fire station at 77 W. Main St. The town is expecting a $6.5 million state grant, with the rest of the cost to be covered through a 20-year loan at a 2 percent interest rate. Lee said that an explanatory text will be mailed to residents this week.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.