Town of Canterbury CT

Town of Canterbury
1 Municipal Drive
Canterbury CT 06331

Selectman's Blog

April 02, 2014
Manship Park Renovations have begun.

Now that the weather has gotten a little bit better, the planned renovations and reconstruction of the recreational facilities at Manship Park has finally begun.  Unfortunately, the Park will be closed for the next year to allow for the completion of the renovations and to allow the new grasses to become established before the baseball and soccer fields can be utilized once again.

The renovation project is broken down into four major segments, which include: (1) Baseball Field Reconstruction, (2) Playground relocation and Volleyball Court construction, (3) Soccer Field regrading and leveling, and (4) Tennis Court site preparations.

Included in these projects, the entire walking track will also be completely redone, and lenghtened slightly, to allow for the repositioning of the playground and volleyball courts.

Although these renovations will cause the entire Park to be closed for the year, until approximately April 2015, the improvements to the various recreational areas will be worth it in the long run.

Access to the boat launch will remain open during the entire project.

March 24, 2014
EARTH DAY - April 19, 2014

TOWN OF CANTERBURY'S TOWN-WIDE CLEAN-UP

PARTNERSHIP WITH EARTH DAY.

• Saturday, April 19, 2014.

• Starts at 9:00 a.m. at the Town Hall Parking Lot.

• Organizations, Individuals, and Families are asked to participate in this opportunity to help clean-up trash along Canterbury's roads.
• Trash bags will be provided, please bring your own work gloves.
• Anyone with a pick-up truck or trailer (with working flashers) is asked to bring that along.
• People will be given designated areas, to walk and collect trash alongside the roads, bagging it and throwing it into the back of the trucks/trailers safely. The vehicles will then bring the trash and other
items to the Transfer Station for proper disposal.
• This event is rain or shine.
• Point of contact for any question is the Canterbury Town Hall telephone 860-546-9693, Ray Shinkiewicz telephone 860-546-6717, or Ray Coombs 860-546-9974.

Please consider participating in this annual community event. It is a positive event to help to clean Canterbury's scenic roadways. Your volunteering will brighten up one of the best parts Connecticut's
Quiet Corner.

March 19, 2014
2015 Revaluation Begins

Inspections for the Town of Canterbury's 2015 Revaluation will start Wednesday, March 19th!  The door-to-door visits will begin shortly.  The visits will only be to the homes in the southern half of the town, Route 14 and south.  Each household that will be visited will receive a letter with specific information about the visit as well as identification information about the data collectors.  If you have questions about our data collectors, or about the project, please call the Canterbury Assessor's Office at 860-204-7467 for more information!

February 20, 2014
Special Town Meeting of February 19, 2014

On the evening of February 19th, the Town held a Special Town Meeting for the purpose discussing and acting on a petition that had been presented to the Board of Selectmen.  The petition called for the repeal of a Town Ordinance that created the combined position of the combined position of Town Planner/Zoning Enforcement Officer and Inland/Wetlands and water courses Enforcement Officer.  An informative discussion was held at the meeting, and the final vote of the citizens present at the meeting was to NOT repeal the current ordinance.  It was generally agreed that the wording of the current ordinance should be "tweaked" to reflect the most current needs of the Town, but the ordinance should remain in place until a new, revised ordinance ready to be put into its place.

November 27, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving

My personal wishes to each of you and your families for a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.  As you gather around your table, giving thanks for all that are close to you, please take a moment to say a prayer for all of our service members stationed overseas and say a special prayer for their safe return home.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Roy A. Piper

November 19, 2013
It's So Nice We Had This Time Together...

It has been my sincere pleasure to serve the great Town of Canterbury.

Brian Sear

October 03, 2013
Hazardous Waste Collection...

Canterbury and Lisbon are holding a shared Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day at the Lisbon Central School from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 26. 

Any type of paint, paint thinner, old gasoline, pesticides, herbicides, old anti-freeze, insecticides, photo chemicals are accepted. 

Electronics are also accepted; however, you can also dispose of electronics at our town transfer station during our regular station hours.

Please bring a driver's license or other proof of residency.

Brian Sear

August 29, 2013
Good News...

At last night's Board of Finance meeting, the Board voted to send forward a budget set at 21.7 mils, which includes restoring General Government funds cut in the last budget round, as well as obtaining a healthy Net Fund Balance (surplus) of $76,151.

At our next Selectmen's meeting on Tuesday, September 3, we will be scheduling an upcoming Town Meeting and Referendum.

Brian Sear

August 23, 2013
Cuts restored...

At Tuesday's meeting, The Board of Selectmen was pleased to restore several cuts to the General Government budget made in the last budget round without increasing spending. Funds were restored to the original requests made in Senior Activities, Senior Citizen Expense (Canterbury Seniors), wages to cover current Town Hall hours, Library Operating, and Library Staff.

Restoration was possible due to savings achieved in Town Health Insurance costs. 

The cut made to the Transfer station line was maintained, but hours at the station will not be cut. Savings achieved through a new contract I negotiated with WilliWaste and efficiencies achieved through new compactors made this possible.

The new General Government budget will be included in the next Board of Finance meeting, scheduled for August 28. Thanks to all who participated in the budget discussion process.

Brian Sear

 

August 19, 2013
In the Middle...

Tax bills were mailed last week and you probably have received yours by now.

Several times in recent years we have had three rounds before a budget has passed. In each case, we were able to prepare and send out tax bills in early to mid-August. This year the first three budgets were not passed. To keep the Town operating, and avoid having to borrow operating funds, the Board of Selectmen set a "bil rate". Based on the following perspective, the bil rate was set at .5 mil increase.

BUDGET PROPOSAL  TOWN SERVICES        FUND BALANCE        STATUS

+1.5 Mil                 Services Maintained    Healthy                Not approved
+1.0 Mil                 Public Works cut        Modest                 Not approved
                           Education Cut               
+ .3 Mil                 Transfer Station cut    Precarious             Not approved
                           Library cut
                           Town Hall hours cut
                           More public works cut
                           Seniors cut
                           More education cut

There was a general outcry against the proposed cuts. At setting the bill rate at .5 mil, we tried to approximate a situation where the raise could be minimized while restoring as many cuts as possible, and obtaining a healthy fund balance.

We have been able to achieve no tax rate increase for five years without significant cuts and while adding key services. Last year we paid from available funds approximately $280,000 for a new 50-year roof for the elementary school. This saved us considerable borrowing costs, but did remove those funds from our balance. The only long-term debt the Town currently has is payment on the Municipal Building construction loan.

For a home with a value of approximately $204,000 (assessed at $142,800), the .5 mil increase is an additional $71.

Brian Sear

Canterbury Town Hall Office Hours:
Monday - Wednesday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Thursday 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM, Friday 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM