Informational Emails

Would you like to receive reminders of delays in trash pick up due to holidays?

Would you like to receive notifications of road closures in town due to construction?

Would you like to receive information regarding community events?

Emails are sent out from the 1st Selectman’s office with this type of information and more as appropriate. If you would like to be on the list to receive these emails, contact Karen Odell at 860-379-3359 x 201 or

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Oktoberfest- Date Correction

Please join the Colebrook Associates for Oktoberfest Saturday September 30, 2023 at the Colebrook Town Hall from 4-6pm. See attached flyers for details and ticket information

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Please join the Colebrook Associates for Oktoberfest Saturday October 1, 2023 at the Colebrook Town Hall from 4-6pm. See attached flyers for details and ticket information

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Household Hazardous Waste Day

There will be a Household Hazardous Waste Day on Saturday October 28, 2023 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Torrington Water Pollution Control Facility, 252 Lower Bogue Rd., Harwinton CT 06791 You must have a ticket to attend. See attached flyer for details. For more information or to obtain a ticket contact Karen in the 1st Selectman’s Office 860-379-3359 Ext. 201 Or email –<>

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Legal Notice – Personal Property Declarations




Must be filed by any Colebrook business or for any unregistered motor vehicle(s) with the Assessor between October 1 and November 1, 2023. If you do not file by November 1st, Connecticut State Statute dictates that the Assessor must file for you, and apply a 25% penalty. Any filing received after November 1st is subject to a 25% penalty according to State Statute Section 12-42. All declarations must be completed, signed and returned or postmarked by that date. Forms will be mailed to existing businesses and are also available on-line at

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CHS Presents: Restoring New England’s Original Energy Resource – October 6th – 7:00

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Hazardous Waste Collection – October 28th – 9:00 to 2:00

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Found dog

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Sandy Brook Road Bridge: NJR construction is continuing to make progress and they expect to begin the installation of the Steel beams on the 13th of September. For those of you who travel on Sandy Brook Road between Route 183 and the bridge construction site, you can expect some delays while the beams are being delivered and installed.
Old Creamery Road Bridge: NJR construction has made progress here as well, they have chiseled up the deteriorated bridge deck and are planning to begin the concrete repair and repoint of the masonry beginning the 14th of September. They are still on track to have both of these bridges completed by the end of November.
Pinney Street Bridge: Dayton Construction will begin work on the 11th of September. They will begin excavation of the bridge site so there will be heavy truck traffic in the construction zone as they remove the excavated material. You may expect some minor traffic delays. Please exercise caution while travelling in this area.

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Please be mindful of what is going into your recycling bin. USA Hauling has reported many bins with household trash and other non-recyclables in them. If non-recyclable items are found in your bin, USA hauling will not empty your container and the Town could face a fine. For information on what to put in the recycling bin, visit our website. or call Karen Odell for more information 860-379-3359 Ext. 201.

Only household consumer waste products may be deposited in these bins. Plastic grocery and garbage bags, contaminated food containers and household trash is okay. Construction debris, grass clippings and other yard waste is not allowed. If you need to dispose of construction debris you need to rent a dumpster, call USA Hauling for size and cost. 860 379-1662. If construction debris or other items that are not allowed are found in your household trash bin, USA Hauling will not empty your bin. Per our contract with USA Hauling, each household is only allowed ONE Recycling bin and ONE Household trash bin.

Bulk waste (Mattresses, large items of furniture, etc.) pickup is available every week for items that will not fit in your bin. Call 860-379-1662 by Thursday of each week for Friday morning pickup.

Electronic recycling can be disposed of at the Town Garage, 43 Sandy Brook Road, in the container to the right of the garage. Leave your items in the storage unit to be packaged and handled.
Trash pickup will be delayed one day due to the Labor Day holiday, Monday September 4. Thursday pickup will be on Friday and Friday pickup will be on Saturday.

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Week in Review

Hello Colebrook Residents,
As this week comes to an end, I would like to bring you all up to date on events and the Status of projects and things that have transpired and things that will be happening next week.
Fritz Road: To all the residents, I thank you for your patience while waiting to have the end of your driveways paved. Once Galasso completed paving Fritz Road, their work crew that finishes the driveway aprons was scheduled to come back the following week. Unfortunately, that has not happened and from what I understand it is a result of their work schedule and problems staffing positions. They have promised to finish the driveways, so I ask for more patience, and I promise that the aprons will be paved.
Old Creamery Road Bridge: Just an additional reminder that as of Monday, August 21st, 2023, the Creamery Road Bridge will be closed for construction. NJR Construction has marked the detour routes. The bridge is located between the intersections of Ruth Cross Road / Old Creamery Road which is to the east of the bridge and Robertsville/ Old Forge Road and Creamery Road which is on the western side of the Bridge.
Sandy Brook Road Bridge: Work continues on the construction of the new bridge however; the two July weather events did cause a delay in the progress. NJR Construction has applied for a three-week extension to their contract which would extend the completion date to the end of November. The request for the time delay extension must be approved by Connecticut DOT. Despite the request for the extension, I am hopeful that NJR will still be able to make up for time lost and finish the bridge in early November.
Pinney Street Bridge: Dayton Construction informed me earlier this week that there has been a delay in the production schedule for the concrete box culvert. Dayton Construction was notified by Fort Miller, the concrete fabricator that the production start date for the concrete box culvert has slipped to the 14th of September, with an approximate seven days for production. This is due to a delay in a shipment of galvanized re-bar, (supply chain issues). I think I can safely say that it will be the end of September before the concrete products are on hand for construction to begin. As I know more about the progress of the production schedule, I will let you all know.
Rock Hall Road: I f you have travelled on Rock Hall Road lately, you will have noticed that our Department of Public Works personnel have been busy prepping the road for re-construction and paving. Right now, they expect to start reclamation of the south end of Rock Hall Road and paving of the north end to begin on August 28th. DPW Foreman Bill Jasmin has indicated that it will take five days to complete this project. So please, plan accordingly, expect traffic delays and a lot of construction for the week of 28 August 2023 – 1 September 2023.
Department of Public Works: Speaking the Department of Public Works, As of Monday, August 14th, 2023 there was a new addition to the DPW staff. Please welcome Mike Girolamo as our new employee. Mike is a seasoned professional and will be a great addition to the Town of Colebrook’s work force!
Lastly, on behalf of the Town of Colebrook, yesterday afternoon, I submitted an application to the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management (OPM) for a Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) Grant. If the 2023 grant is approved this will provide $418,479.50 which will cover eighty percent of five paving projects with an estimated total cost of $523,099.35. The projects identified in the grant are for paving Pine Road, Eno Hill Road, Robertsville Road, Old Forge Road and the Forge Firehouse parking lot.
I hope you all enjoy the weekend.
Chris Johnstone, 1st Selectman
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