Plainville council, school board replacements named

Published on Monday, 20 August 2018 20:58


PLAINVILLE - Danny Carrier was appointed to the Town Council and Lori Consalvo to the Board of Education Monday.

They replace Scott and Andrea Saunders, who stepped down at the Town Council’s last meeting to retire to Florida.

The Republican Town Committee selected Carrier and Consalvo.

Carrier previously served two two-year terms on the council, elected in 2013 and 2015. He was not re-elected in 2017 election.

He resigned from the Capital Projects Building Committee before rejoining the council.

Consalvo ran for Board of Education in 2017 but didn’t receive enough votes to claim a seat.

Deb Hardy, vice chairwoman of the Board of Education, is currently leading Board of Education meetings. Saunders’ replacement in that role has yet to be announced.

The council also voted to revise a Fire Department ordinance so firefighters can continue to serve after turning 65 years old.

At the start of the meeting, Council Chairwoman Kathy Pugliese called for a moment of silence in memory of Jim Ross, a 34-year veteran of the Fire Department, who died recently.

Fire Chief Kevin Toner remembered his longtime friend.

“I knew Jim most of my life,” he said. “We used to call each other the most stubborn Irishmen on Earth. Sometimes things were good and sometimes things were bad but he was always very devoted and gave 110 percent. He will be sorely missed.”

Robert Odette, who joined the fire department in the 1970s, said that Ross was “the most loyal do-gooder” the department ever had.

“Even if he didn’t like you, he’d let you know but he’d have your back,” said Odette.

Councilor Jesse Gnazzo recalled shaking Ross’ hand when he was 4 years old.

Councilor Deb Tompkins said that whenever people talked about Ross, they spoke highly of him.

Pugliese recalled Ross turning down an invitation to run for council but said he chose a far more difficult calling.

Pugliese and state Rep. William Petit also read proclamations honoring firefighter James “Bo” Lenois.

On July 31, returning from work, Lenois smelled a fire and followed it. He rescued an elderly man and woman from a burning building on Cottage Street in Farmington. The woman was semiconscious and was rescued from a second-floor window. The man was rescued from the roof.

Lenois was praised for his bravery and selflessness.

Town Manager Robert E. Lee noted during his report that the Wheeler School renovation was on schedule and under budget.

He also reported that the Plainville High School back parking lot is paved and striped. The front parking lot will be done next.

Finally, groundbreaking has been set for Oct. 9 at 10 a.m. for the state-mandated water pollution control facility upgrade.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Plainville on Monday, 20 August 2018 20:58. Updated: Monday, 20 August 2018 21:01.