First Selectman’s Update

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Colin Moll

Goodbye summer and hello fall. I can’t remember a summer with this much rain in the recent past. Despite the rain, we had plenty of events going on through July and August for residents and thanks to all who made them possible. Thank you to all of our sponsors who made events like Suffield Night Out, our Summer Concert Series, and our Movie Nights possible and successful. We always appreciate the support!

Here’s a list of events going on in September:

  • Suffield on Green is September 9 and 10. Come out to support the event and all of the great vendors. You can find me at various Town department and organization booths.
  • Suffield Parks and Recreation Road Race is also Saturday, September 9. The first race starts at 9 a.m.
  • Country Comes Back To Hilltop Farm featuring Jordan Oaks on September 16 at 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by the PMC Kids Ride
  • Check out all of our great programs through Community Services which includes the Senior Center, Parks and Rec and Youth Services. Plenty of things to do for the fall months!
  • Fall Clean-up Day sponsored by the Environmental and Sustainability Task Force will be Saturday, October 14. More details to come on the Town website. This clean-up day will focus more on select roads. Sign-up on the Town website under “Volunteer”
  • The Town and the Friends of the Farm at Hilltop are happy to bring our 2nd Annual Oktoberfest back to Hilltop Farm. The event will take place Saturday, October 7 starting at 5 p.m. Tickets are already on sale at Get your tickets before they’re sold out.
  • Friends of the Library will have their Book Sale on September 8, 9, and 10 at Sacred Heart Church. Make sure to come out and support the Library those days.

Here are some Fall projects to look forward to in the next few months:

  • Level 2 charging stations will be installed in the Town Hall parking lot
  • Irrigation and well install will begin out at Cervione fields.
  • DOT has finally approved adding rapid flashing crosswalk beacons to the following crosswalks: Rt. 75 and Marbern, Rt. 75 and Suffield Academy Road.
  • We will relocate the two crosswalks on Mountain Road by High St. and Town Hall to accommodate the use of flashing beacons.

Thank you to all the organizations who put in for the Town’s budgeted Historical ARPA Grants. The following organizations were awarded:

  • Friends of the Farm at Hilltop: $25,000 towards the current painting of the barn.
  • Antiquarian and Landmarks Society (CT Landmarks): $17,000 for restoration of the fence in front of the Phelps-Hatheway house
  • Friends of the Windsor Locks Canal Trail: $7,500 for continued maintenance of the trail and historical signage for points of interest
  • Kent Memorial Library: $9,000 for the Delphina Clark Collection and other digitizing
  • West Suffield Center District Village Improvement Association: $5,000 to repair the cupola at Academy Hall
  • The Suffield Historical Society: $11,500 for an HVAC feasibility study and HVAC.

Again, I’m happy to see Suffield supporting and taking the opportunity to invest in its rich history using the ARPA funds.

Our Environmental and Sustainability Task Force will be raising money this fall for a composting effort that would provide interested residents with a composting bin. If the group can raise $6,000 through donations, Sustainable CT will give $9,000 to help fund the program. Look for the task force’s new website and link to donate on it this September along with some new programs and educational information on sustainability.

To all the kids going back to school, welcome back and good luck this year. Enjoy the month of September. And as always, my door is always open at Town Hall.

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