Southington officials revise blight ordinance

Published on Thursday, 15 March 2018 19:46


SOUTHINGTON - The Southington Town Council awarded tax abatements and a bid on the South End pump station project at Monday’s meeting.

In addition to revising the town blight ordinance, the council awarded tax abatements to three local businesses and selected a bidder for the rehabilitation of the pump station.

The low bid for the pump station rehabilitation was awarded to Kovacs Construction Company from Oxford, one of four companies that bid on the project. They had the low bid of $499,600 for the project. That bid will include a $489,000 base bid plus $300 for excavation of rock and concrete, $300 for unsuitable soil excavation and disposal and a $10,000 utility allowance. The town had estimated that the project would total around $700,000 when going out to bid.

Kovacs currently has several bonded projects related to water and wastewater system improvements ranging from $37,000 to $5,779,973 in local towns.

The following was stated in a letter to the town council, signed by Town Attorney Carol Futtner, Finance Director Emelia Portelinha and Assistant Town Engineer Jim Grappone.

“Kovacs has worked for the town on the recently completed sludge thickening project with excellent results.”

Project designer Tighe & Bond will perform construction inspection throughout the 345 day project for a further $89,000.

A tax abatement was awarded to J&P Manufacturing of Plainville, who is building a 6,000 square foot facility at 48 Industrial Drive. The company, which specializes in CNC turning of aerospace parts, plans to employ five to six people in their first year at the new facility.

A five-year 80 percent tax abatement was awarded to Top Line Productions, who built a 13,300 square foot commercial building, which will include a showroom at 158 Industrial Drive for manufacturing wood furniture and cabinetry.

The final abatement was awarded to Witchdoctor Brewing Company who opened a 4,000 square foot brewery in Factory Square. They completed extensive renovations and opened a large window area for people walking the nearby trail to look in through.

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

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Thursday, 15 March 2018 19:46. Updated: Thursday, 15 March 2018 19:49.