PLAINVILLE - The Town Council honored three outstanding former volunteers Monday.
Jeffrey Romano, Linda Ferguson and Gail Pugliese received plaques for years of service to the town.
“The 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,” said Chairwoman Kathy Pugliese. “The council appreciates everybody who steps up to volunteer.”
Councilor Scott Saunders thanked Romano for 21 years of service with the fire department.
“A lot of people know how hard a job it is volunteering for the fire department,” said Saunders. “You 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.”
Romano said that his time in the fire department was the “best 21 years” of his life, outside of his marriage and his children.
“The people I served with have become like family. I would do anything for any of them,” said Romano. “It’s a brotherhood that a lot of people don’t really understand. If anyone is thinking of volunteering, you should do it. It’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 didn’t do this, my life wouldn’t be complete.”
Pugliese thanked Ferguson for nine years of service on the Insurance Committee and Gail Pugliese for 19 years on 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.
In other business Monday, Town Manager Robert E. Lee told the council that the town will be revising its bid package for the renovation of the high school parking lot.
Lee explained that the town has received only two bids for the project, both for more than what the town budgeted. B&W Paving of Waterford was the low bidder at $1,625,000.
Lee said he still expects that this project will be finished this summer.
The council also voted to approve Daniel O’Connell’s Sons of Holyoke, Mass., to perform-state mandated phosphorus-reduction upgrades at the Water Pollution Control Facility. The compay was the low bidder at $11,164,000.
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