The manner of financing the planned renovations to the Suffield Town Hall has been under study by the Town administration. As reported in last month’s issue, part of the $5.13 million voted by the Town in 2015 has been spent in architectural studies and other pre-construction payments.
This year’s public production of the customary spring musical at Suffield High School was cancelled at almost the last minute by the Town’s bold, understandable response to the national emergency – among other closings, the COVID-19 pandemic had silenced The Sound of Music.
For a number of years, the Town highway crew has maintained many of the town’s private roads as a matter of public service and safety, particularly those around the Congamond Ponds. The effort has regularly included snow plowing and local patching.
There were two different ballots distributed to voters on February 25: white ballots for the tiebreaker vote for one seat on the Water Pollution Control Authority, required by State Statute, and yellow ballots for referendums on two questions concerning Town property.
For several years, the bridge that carries Remington Street over Stony Brook has been considered by the State to be functionally obsolete. It was not structurally inadequate, but by modern standards it seemed too narrow and requiring too sharp a curve in the west side approach.
On the fourth weekend of February the walls of Suffield Middle School’s Sisson Auditorium bulged with delighted applause and laughter as a great bunch of enthusiastic students presented Peter Pan, Jr.
Aces High, Team 176, our local team in the FIRST Robotics Competition, has been a great competitor ever since they were organized at Windsor Locks High School in 1995. Suffield joined in 1998, and the team won the National Championship in Florida the following year.
The Permanent Building Committee (PBC), often with the direct participation of First Selectman Melissa Mack, have been planning the renovation of Suffield’s Town Hall for several years, working with two different architects, EDM and QA&M. As reported by the Observer last month, in January the selected general contractor, Gilbane Building, advised that the cost would be close to $800,000 greater than had been thought.
Troop 260 honored two new Eagle Scouts on January 7 in their traditional Eagle Scout Court of Honor at Second Baptist Church’s Fellowship Hall. For their Eagle Scout rank, the highest advancement level in Scouting, each planned, gathered funding and assembled the required work crew for an approved community service project.