PLAINVILLE – A former town council member has suggested renaming Neal Court in honor of late police chief Matthew Catania.
Patrick Kilby brought forth his recommendation at a recent Town Council meeting, stating that Catania “deserves recognition for his service and dedication to the town of Plainville.” Catania led the Plainville Police Department for 11 years before his death on March 10.
“Chief Catania has been for a few months and it’s time we move forward with an initiative to recognize his service,” said Kilby. “I know other law enforcement officers in Glastonbury, Hartford and Wethersfield who say that something should be done.”
Kilby also brought forth the suggestion on Plainville Talks, where many people showed their support. He said that the post has had nearly 2,000 views.
“Great suggestion,” wrote Sally Miller. “He did so much for our town.”
April Vaillancourt also agreed with the suggestion.
“He was a man of integrity,” she said. “I was glad to have gotten to know him.”
Kilby said that, personally, he saw Catania as a “mentor and a leader.”
“He took me under his wing when I was on the council,” said Kilby. “He was always there for me. You could talk to him about anything. He’d answer his phone at 10:30 at night and he’d always give you whatever information or input you needed. He was a great leader and a great person and I got along with him well. I considered him a leader of our community and a good friend.”
Kathy Pugliese, chair of the Plainville Town Council, said that naming the road after Catania is an “interesting” idea, since the road runs parallel to the police department.
“It’s something to think about and to look into,” she said. “I’d say that it’s a positive idea that the council could get behind.”
Councilor Rosemary Morante said she believes that she believes the council will honor Catania at some point.
“I’m sure we’ll be looking at some way to honor Chief Catania,” she said. “He was a wonderful chief and a wonderful person for Plainville certainly.”
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.