First Selectman’s Update

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Colin Moll

Our 2nd Annual Suffield Summer Fair was a success. Although the weather and forecast were not as kind this year, we still had a great turnout. It was great to see so many smiling faces and happy children and families. Thank you to our sponsors for their support: Windsor Federal Credit Union, Suffield Market, Suffield Music, Artioli, People’s Bank, and USA Recycling. A big thank you to local resident Frank Campiti and Campiti Ventures for bringing the rides, games, and fireworks. Thank you to our DPW Department for helping to set up, our First Responder Units for their help and attendance, and schools for working with us during the set up process. The Fair couldn’t have happened again without a strong supporting cast, so thank you to all our volunteers for helping and especially our staff who helped with all the planning and stayed the entire weekend: Community Services Director Peter Leclerc, Dan Leonard, Olivia Eastman, Colleen Phelps, Shannon Foley, Ethan Lambert and Kris Lambert. Most important, thank you to the thousands of residents that attended, further proving that this Fair is an event worth holding annually.

The Suffield Community Services Department will have their Summer Concerts (every other Wednesday, starting July 5) and Summer Movie Nights (every Saturday, starting July 1) sponsored by Stephanie Salerno on the Town Green throughout the months of July and August. Check out all the great programs and events both our Community Services and Library are holding during the summer months.

Suffield National Night Out will be Tuesday, August 1 from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. at the high school. Come check out everything our First Responder Units have to offer.

I had the opportunity to play pickleball recently on our newly redone tennis, pickleball and basketball courts between the Middle School and McAlister. If you haven’t played on them yet, I highly recommend doing so.

The State DOT will be repaving Mountain Road (168) from the Stone intersections to Ebb’s Corner and also Babbs Road (585) this summer. We have not had the pre-construction meeting yet, but check our Town website for exact dates as the summer progresses.

Happy to announce that the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) approved the Town of Suffield’s grant application for reconstruction of Kent Ave ($795,600) that will replace the existing sidewalk and add additional sidewalk to Wisteria Lane. They also approved our application to reconstruct the walking path at the Windsor Locks Canal Trail ($1,200,000). Before anybody gets too excited, it will easily take two to three years at the minimum to get to the construction phase, but we are grateful for the grant funding.

Be on the lookout for events or projects our Trees for Suffield, Environmental and Sustainability Task Force and Traffic and Pedestrian Task Force may have over the summer months.

The Town will be sending out the application process from ARPA funds that were set aside through the budget process for our Town historical building and assets. Any group or person who has a historical building or asset that directly contributes its services or building to the Town and its residents should look for that in July.

I’d like to take a quick moment to recognize two members of the community that I’ve worked alongside on multiple events, projects, and/or initiatives. Aside from the work we’ve done together, I know they both do far more for other community organizations. Kacy Colston and Sue Mayne go above and beyond for our community, and it has been a pleasure working with both of them. They’re both highly motivated, hard-working, and great stewards for our community. Thank you, Kacy and Sue!
Everybody enjoy your summer and stay cool.

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