Town manager presents bike trail path alternative

Published on Monday, 21 August 2017 21:54


PLAINVILLE - Town Manager Robert E. Lee announced revisions to the planned bike trail path at Monday’s meeting.

Residents packed the council chambers to near capacity in anticipation of updates on the project.

Lee said he was “pleased to announce” the alternative bike path route intended to close the “Plainville gap” in the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail.

“The steering committee met and developed a plan that now avoids Tomasso Nature Park and Perron Road south of Johnson Ave.,” Lee said. Several residents of Perron Road and members of the town Conservation Commission came out in droves to oppose the previous “alignment C” route which would have included those areas at the last council meeting.

A public information session during which residents can give feedback has been pushed back from September to October at a yet unannounced date.

Lee also noted that the turf track at Plainville High School’s athletic field is being repaired after it closed due to a bubbling issue last year. It is scheduled to re-open with the start of school.

The council also voted to postpone approval for the end of Norton Street Extension near the cul-de-sac as suggested by the Dog Park Committee. Councilors Chris Wazorko, Rosemary Morante, Rob Ciotto, Deb Tompkins and Scott Saunders said that they wished to discuss the issue further with neighbors in the area and schedule a public hearing.

Longtime firefighter and former Fire Chief Raymond Swanson was also presented a town chair for his many years of service to the town upon the announcement of his retirement. Current Fire Chief Kevin Toner said he “can’t think of someone more deserving.”

“I barely knew him when I first joined the department but he had his hands in everything,” said Toner. “He attacked every project with zest and always had a vision. He was looking five miles down the road while others were just looking at today. He was a heck of a firefighter and was helped do a lot of work to move the Plainville balloon festival, which is this weekend, forward.”

“I was lucky to be able to move up in the ranks and I was chief for eight years,” said Swanson. “I cherish every position I have held.”

Swanson assured residents he would stay in town.

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

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville on Monday, 21 August 2017 21:54. Updated: Monday, 21 August 2017 21:57.