PLAINVILLE â€“ The Plainville town council honored outstanding former volunteers at Mondayâ€™s meeting.
The Council honored Jeffrey Romano, Linda Ferguson and Gail Pugliese for years of service to the town and presented them with plaques.
â€śThe years of work you have put in for the town are very important and we know that it has taken time away from your families and a lot of thought and deliberation,â€ť said Council Chair Kathy Pugliese. â€śThe council appreciates everybody who steps up to volunteer.â€ť
Councilor Scott Saunders thanked Romano for 21 years of service with the fire department.
â€śA lot of people know how hard a job it is volunteering for the fire department,â€ť said Saunders. â€śYou have gone above and beyond to protect the town of Plainville and defend the lives of families and residents in their times of greatest need.â€ť
Romano said that his time in the Plainville Fire Department was the â€śbest 21 yearsâ€ť of his life outside of his marriage and his children.
â€śThe people I served with have become like family - I would do anything for any of them,â€ť said Romano. â€śItâ€™s a brotherhood that a lot of people donâ€™t really understand. If anyone is thinking of volunteering, you should do it. Itâ€™s great for the town and great for the person volunteering. You are able to help people in the worst time of their lives. If I didnâ€™t do this my life wouldnâ€™t be complete.â€ť
Pugliese thanked Ferguson for nine years of service with the insurance committee and Gail Pugliese for 19 years with the Zoning Board of Appeals. She thanked Ferguson for the time and energy she put in and Gail Pugliese for serving for so long on a land use committee.
The town will be revising its bid package for the renovation of the high school parking lot. Town Manager Robert E. Lee explained that the town had only received two bids for the project, both of which were more than what the town budgeted. B&W Paving of Waterford was the low bidder at $1,625,000. Lee said he expects that this project will still be finished this summer.
The Council also voted to approve Daniel Oâ€™Connellâ€™s Sons of Holyoke, Mass., for state mandated phosphorous reduction upgrades at the Water Pollution Control Facility. They were the low bidders for the project at $11,164,000.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.