SOUTHINGTON- The Council has approved Carlin Company to handle the mandated Water Pollution Control Facility upgrades.
The Carlin Company was recommended to be the contractor for this project by Tighe & Bond.
“After the last meeting there were some concerns because Carlin was subject to a lawsuit as the defendant,” said Town Attorney Carolyn Futtner. “But I met with the company president since our last meeting along with the Town Manager and he was very forthcoming about it. They had filed a lawsuit and the defendant filed a counter-claim against them.”
Futtner noted that Carlin had been in business since 1975 and had “no problems getting performance bonds.”
Sciota said that this was a good sign that the company was trustworthy.
The council voted last meeting to approve a resolution to pursue state-mandated phosphorus-reduction-related upgrades at the Water Pollution Control Facility. Approximately $17 million of this roughly $58 million project is expected to be funded by state grants and loans.
During his reports, Sciota addressed the progress of town leaf collection. He said that progress had been delayed by the early snow storm. However, not as much as he might have initially feared. He thanked public works crews for their efforts and noted that they had been approved for overtime to work Saturday.
“Normally Mother Nature cooperates and we don’t have to do snowplowing until after all the leaves have dropped,” he said. “We were expecting maybe three or four inches for that storm, not eight.”
Additionally, Council Chair Chris Palmieri said that preliminary reports from the 50th Anniversary of the Apple Harvest Festival this year have the event as turning a $16,000 profit.
“These are preliminary reports - there are still some outstanding revenues and expenses,” said Palmieri. “We already know it was a good 50th Anniversary Festival otherwise and now we know was good financially.”
The Festival Coordinator and Sponsor Coordinator for this year’s event was Melissa Cocuzza. She was approved Monday as the sponsor coordinator for the next festival as well.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.