BRISTOL - Leaders of local communities discussed development, economic expansion and goals for growth at the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce’s State of the City and Towns Breakfast.
The annual breakfast was held at the Chippanee Golf Club. Attendees included area legislators, business owners, heads of nonprofit organizations and town council members.
Panelists were Bristol Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu, Plainville Town Council Vice Chair Deb Tompkins, Plymouth Mayor David Merchant, Wolcott Mayor Thomas Dunn, Burlington First Selectman Theodore Shafer and Farmington Town Manager Kathleen Blonski.
Kurt Barwis, president and CEO of Bristol Health and co-chair of the chamber’s Legislative Action Committee, introduced the guests and invited them each to come to the podium and give an update on recent developments in their communities.
Plainville is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.
When Tompkins got up to speak, she said her town had received a $3.8 million state grant to close the Plainville gap in the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail.
“This represents 20% of the funding needed; we’re waiting on a federal grant which would cover the remaining 80%,” said Tompkins. “This is a significant step. The Department of Transportation will be designing the trail with significant input from the Town Council and town staff.”
Tompkins estimated that the bike trail will be completed by 2023.
She also brought up the Wheeler School renovation project. Tompkins said that it is proceeding under budget and is on schedule to be completed by next year.
An update was also given for the water pollution control treatment plant upgrades. Tompkins said that they are 60% complete and running ahead of schedule.
Plainville is also in the process of upgrading to a fiber network to allow a more secure connection between town and school buildings.
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