Second phase of road repairs will head to Plainville voters

Published on Monday, 15 July 2019 20:55


PLAINVILLE - Residents will vote on the next phase of road repairs in November after the Town Council approved a resolution Monday.

The second phase of the project will take five years to complete and cost the town $5 million.

The town will complete the last year of the previous road repair project this year. It focused on roads that hadn’t been resurfaced in more than 30 years.

This second phase of the project will cover roads that haven’t been repaved since the mid-1980s and early 1990s. Those could include Homestead Avenue, Ciccio Court, Beckwith Drive, Maiden Lane, Canal Street and a portion of Redstone Hill to Town Line Road.

During the public hearing Monday, resident Joanne Edman asked if Whiting Street would be addressed.

“It’s like riding a washboard,” she said.

Town Manager Robert E. Lee said he didn’t think the road was quite that bad. He said it was last repaired in 1991 and that the town was hoping to fix it through a Local Capital Improvement Program grant through the Capitol Region Council of Governments. He said that the next round of applications will come up by the end of the calendar year.

“It will probably be at least two years before we can do any work on it one way or another,” Lee said.

Police Chief Matt Catania was acknowledged by the council Monday for winning the Peace Islands Institute’s Police Chief of the Year award at the organization’s CLEAR (CT Law Enforcement Awards Reception) dinner June 25.

Catania was nominated by Lee, Town Council Chair Kathy Pugliese and other town department heads. He found out he was in the running for the recognition when it was revealed he was one of the finalists. All of the finalists attended the dinner and it was announced that he won at the end of the night.

“I was very honored - it’s a wonderful thing,” he said. “I had a nice time at the ceremony. There were a lot of other fine officers that I’ve come to know over my three decades of policing. Our table exploded in applause - our people were so enthusiastic and it was infectious.”

Lee said that members of the institute said that Catania was the “clear choice” based on the wide range of support from his community.

“I want to thank Chief Catania for his hard work and dedication these past eight-and-a-half years serving as chief of the Plainville Police Department,” said Lee. “He received a positive response from people around the state.”

Pugliese noted that Catania was “truly surprised” when he was announced as the winner. She said that she and other town folks were there pulling for him.

“It was great to see him recognized for his achievements,” said Councilor Deb Tompkins.

Catania, who has worked in law enforcement since 1981, said he believes he won the award because his leadership philosophy is to put people and the community first.

“We honor our mission to protect and serve with honor and we have a lot of people that exemplify that,” he said. “I think that what separates us from other departments is that we have a good amount of people that go above and beyond.”

Also at the meeting, resident John Kisluk, who serves on the town’s 150th Anniversary Committee, said that the commemorative coins created to support the celebration of the community milestone had sold out. A total of 299 coins were sold and one was given to a local high school student that designed the event logo.

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

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville on Monday, 15 July 2019 20:55. Updated: Monday, 15 July 2019 20:58.