Old Forge Bridge & Wolford Hill Bridge Closure Notice

Old Forge Bridge will be closed Monday, September 15th, 2014 for approximately a week and a half. Wolfords Hill Bridge will remain closed until Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 9am If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me Thanks Tom

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day 9/13/14

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Saturday, September 13th, 2014 9am – 2pm (rain or shine) Torrington Water Pollution Control Facility Pre-registration required through the Selectmen’s Office 860-379-3359 x201 Household Hazardous Waste Collection occurs twice annually – spring and fall

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Seeking Region 7 Board of Education representative

The town is looking for a representative to fill a vacancy on the Region 7 Board of Education effective October 2014 Anyone interested please contact me at 860-379-3359 x202 or via email tommckeon@colebrooktownhall.orgtommckeon@colebrooktownhall.org> Thank you

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Colebrook Tree Planting Committee

Please join us for an informative collaboration meeting September 3, 2014 at the Town Hall Meeting Room 7:00PM.

Everyone welcome!

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Fuel Assistance Season 2014-2015

Fuel Assistance is available through New Opportunties for Colebrook Residents Income guidelines and/or award amounts are set by the legislators who meet the end of September. In the meantime you may make an appointment with Lee Jasmin, Administrative Assistant, to complete an application Phone: 860-379-3359 x201 or email ljasmin@colebrooktownhall.orgljasmin@colebrooktownhall.org> Application process will take approximately 30 minutes per application. Applications are processed only through the Selectmen’s Office. At the time of your appointment please be sure to bring all documentation pertaining to your income – pay stubs, unemployment benefits, social security benefits, IRA statements, Pension Plans, Retirement Funds, etc. Anyone receiving child support and/or alimony must also bring documentation for that. All applications required a copy of your most recent bank statements – checking and savings and any other banking statements New this year it is required that you bring your last electric bill regardless if you heat with electricity or another fuel source. Zero Income Affidavits will be completed at the time of application if that is your situation. Self-employed individuals will be provided a separate form to complete. Last year’s allowance was approximately $300-$350 for the year per applicant. Allowable fuel sources include heating oil, electricity, propane, wood, coal or pellets. All applications are held in confidence. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Lee in the Selectmen’s Office 860-379-3359 x201

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Local Input Requested on Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan

The Northwest Hills Council of Governments is preparing an update to the “Litchfield Hills Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan” prepared in 2006. A draft of the updated section prepared for our town is available for review by clicking the following link:

Colebrook Risk Assessment

The NHCOG is accepting public comments on the draft report through the end of July.

The purpose of the region’s Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan is to identify measures that can be implemented today to lessen the severity of a natural hazard that might strike tomorrow.  In recent years, the 11-town Litchfield Hills Region has been hard hit by severe winter storms, high winds, and flooding.  These three types of events represent the major natural hazards of concern in the region.   All three events can pose a threat to public safety, and the buildings and infrastructure in the regional area.

Comments on the draft town plan section can be directed to our municipal Emergency Management Director or Rick Lynn from the Northwest Hills Council of Governments at rlynn@northwesthillscog.org (860-491-9884). The individual town reports for the 11-town region, along with a regional analysis, will be compiled into a final report for submission to DEEP and FEMA.  In addition to identifying priority hazard mitigation measures, the report is required by FEMA in order for the town to qualify for pre-disaster mitigation funding.

 

 

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Colebrook/Norfolk School Study

COLEBROOK/NORFOLK REGIONALIZATION STUDY – INFORMATION SESSION Colebrook and Norfolk school board members, town officials and members of each community have been conducting a year-long study to determine the advisability of Norfolk and Colebrook school districts merging into one regional elementary school district. An important characteristic of this merger would be that Colebrook Consolidated School will close and all elementary students will attend Botelle School in Norfolk. Prior to submitting the study to the Connecticut State Board of Education, the committee wishes to share its findings with each community to answer questions and gain community input and opinions. The study committee has scheduled two information sessions, one on May 20th at 7:00 PM at Botelle School in Norfolk and the other on May 22nd at 7:00 PM at Colebrook Consolidated School. A copy of the draft report is available for your review on the school website http://www.colebrookschool.org and click on Colebrook/Norfolk Regional Plan Draft 2. Copies are also available at Colebrook Town Hall and Colebrook Consolidated School. This study will have a great impact on the future of Colebrook Consolidated School. All parents and other community members are encouraged to attend one of the information meetings.

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Norfolk Colebrook Regionalization Study Report

Norfolk Colebrook Regionalization Plan Draft 2

Norfolk Colebrook Regionalization Plan Appendix Draft 1

 

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2014 FRCC Scholarships

FRCC Offering Two Scholarships.


The Farmington River Coordinating Committee is accepting applications for its 2014 scholarships.  The Pat Keener Scholarship and the Nancy Johnson Scholarship are $1,000 awards given to high school seniors or current undergraduates from the five-riverfront towns of Barkhamsted, Canton, Colebrook, Hartland and New Hartford, who will be or are attending college to major in environmental science or a related field.  For application information, please visit our website at www.farmingtonriver.org.

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Connecticut Magazine’s Top Towns Rating

Rating the Towns 2013: Median Home Sale price up to $174,999

photo by Laurie Gaboardi

Colebrook Rated #1

Looking for a home on a budget of $175,000 or less? Several of the best options are near the Massachusetts border.

With the lowest crime rate, the highest-ranked public schools and the third-most robust local economy in the group, Colebrook edged out Cornwall—another town in the Northwest Corner—for the top spot in this group.

Thompson, the state’s northeastern-most town, is also near the top of the list, as is Stafford, also on the state line in Tolland County.

This group does have some geographic diversity, though. If you’re interested in an affordable town along the shoreline, you might consider Westbrook, which ranks second in civic engagement, second in economic success and third in education.

1. Colebrook

population 1,476

crime rate 451

2012 graduation rate 93.2

2013 median sale price $135,000

equalized mill rate 18.65

PIC rating 216.59

2013 best restaurants awards 0

voter turnout 78.58

 

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