August 12, 2013
Save on Prescription Drugs...
Canterbury is partnering with Connecticut Conference of Municipalities to offer Prescription Discount Cards to all Town residents. These cards have been mailed to all residents and are available in the Selectmen's office.
The Canterbury Prescription Drug Card is for those who don't have prescription insurance, or for drug purchases that are not covered by a current program.
All pharmacies in the area honor this program. Present your card when placing prescriptions, and the pharmacy will advise you as to the possible savings.
July 22, 2013
Third Budget Round for a Third of a Mil...
On Wednesday, July 31, we will be voting on this year's third budget referendum. The first two referendums, which involved a 1.5 mil increase and 1.0 mil increase, did not pass. To meet the current .3 mil proposal, significant cuts have been made. On the General Government side, these involve closing Town offices on Friday and extending other weekday hours (M-W 9-5; Thursday 9-6); having the Solid Waste Transfer Station open only two days a week; cutting wage and operating funds for the library; cutting road construction funds, and cutting most other activities across the board as fairly as possible. Cuts made in the General Government budget since the first round total $98,000.
We have been able to maintain personnel and services with no effective tax increases for five years going, a feat possibly unmatched by other Towns in Connecticut. Last year we spent funds out of pocket for the C.E.S. roof construction project, saving short and long term bonding costs but depleting our available cash reserves, leading to a tighter operating budget this year. Our financial position remains extremely strong, with our only long-term payment obligation being the 11 payments remaining on the Community Building Construction loan.
I urge you to come out and vote on July 31, and become involved in our town government.
July 15, 2013
June 27, 2013
Something for everyone...
This Sunday is a great time to get out and explore our natural beauty and culture. From noon to 5, our Economic Development Commission is hosting "Paddle, Pedal, Picnic"! You can choose from canoeing/kayaking on the Quinebaug, or cycling throughout Town. All activities begin at Manship Park at noon. A picnic for all the weary and exhilirated participants, and any others who want to join, will follow at Manship Park.
For the younger folk, the Prudence Crandall Museum is holding a "Tinworking Worskshop" from 1 to 3 p.m. Participants will learn about this most practical and useful trade popular during colonial times, and will work on a project that they can take home.
June 14, 2013
Tree Trimming Time...
C,L&P has been conducting an intensive tree trimming program to maximize the maintenance and strength of its transmission lines. Canterbury is one of the towns C,L&P is concentrating on this year.
C,L&P has contracted Asplundh Tree Experts to perform this work. There are three levels of concentration involved: "enhanced", "backbone" and "standard". Enhanced covers areas of frequent outages and population density; backbone covers areas of main transmission lines, and standard covers routine maintenance throughout town. The enhanced areas now being worked are sections of the following roads: Tracy, Cross, Depot, Gooseneck Hill, Bates Pond, Woodchuck Hill, Bindham, Ulasik, and Water.
Once the enhanced work is complete, the standard trimming will take place along the main transmission line, which is predominantly Route 14. General maintenance work will follow.
We appreciate everyone's patience while this work is being done. It can be frustrating to have frequent road blockages for a few days, but the benefits in terms of convenience and safety will be well worth the efforts.
If you have any concerns regarding this work, please contact the Selectmen's office.
June 11, 2013
Revenue Stabilized, Expenses Trimmed...
After months of hard work trying to protect municipal aid, last week we found the final state revenue for Connecticut Towns and Cities during Fiscal Year 2013/14 has not been cut, and in some cases has been increased. This increased revenue, along with $175,000 in expense cuts, will be included in Canterbury's next budget round.
The initial budget from the Governor, and subsequent budget from the Appropriations Committee, had cut School Transportation funding to Canterbury, which amounted to a loss of about $118,000. The final budget restored these funds, as well as an additional $112,000 for Town Aid Roads, which we can use for paving and highway repair.
The Town Meeting for the next budget will be held next Monday, June 17, followed by the budget referendum on Thursday, June 20. Details of the budgets can be found on the Town Clerk's page of this website, or in the Town Clerk's office.
May 28, 2013
May 10, 2013
Budget Time Again...!
Per Town Ordinance, we hold an Annual Budget Town Meeting on the third Friday in May, which this year is May 17. Per custom, we will be discussing the three parts of the budget (Government, Education, Capital Improvement) at the Town Meeting and voting on the budgets at a full day referendum here at the Community Center on Thursday, May 30.
Copies of the budgets are available in the Town Clerk's office and on the Town Clerk's page of this website.
May 10, 2013
Plant It, Grow it, Eat It... Read on!
Friends of the Canterbury Public Library will be holding its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 15 at 7 p.m., and will be featuring Byron Martin, co-owner of Logee's Greenhouse, who will be telling you all about his book "Growing Tasty Tropical Plants in Containers." The event is open to the public and refreshments will be served.
With the weather in Canterbury approaching tropical, now's a good time to get started!
May 03, 2013
Not a shred of evidence...
Free document shredding at the Canterbury Public Library on Saturday, May 4 from 11-2! Thanks to the Savings Institute for sponsoring this cutting edge event...