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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Legal Notice – Invitation to Bid


Town of Colebrook

Invitation to Bid

The Town of Colebrook is seeking a qualified contractor for the installation of a new roof at the Colebrook Consolidated School, 452 Smith Hill Rd. Colebrook CT.

All bids must be submitted in accordance with specifications supplied by the Office of the First Selectman

by Monday, April 24, 2023 at 1:00 p.m.  to the office of the First Selectman.

There is a mandatory site visit on Wednesday April 12, 2023 at 3:30 PM at the Colebrook Consolidated School,

Colebrook CT

Any questions please contact Christopher Johnstone at or 860-379-3359 Ext.202

RFQ/P for Colebrook Consolidated School Roof

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Regional School District No. 7 Budget Hearing

To All Colebrook residents:
Tomorrow evening, March 22, 2023, at 6:30PM the Regional School district #7 proposed 2023/2024 Budget will be presented to the Town of Colebrook in the Town Hall Meeting Room. All Colebrook resident are welcome to attend this presentation.
The proposed Budget will be presented by James Gaskins, Finance Director and Judy Palmer, Superintendent.

Regional School District #7 Budget Presentation
Colebrook Town Hall Meeting Room 2nd Floor
Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023

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Sandy Brook Road Closure

NJR Construction is in the beginning phases of preparing the Sandy Brook Road Bridge for replacement. In the next few days they will begin placing detour signs and additional construction signs. Sandy Brook Road Bridge will be closed to traffic beginning April 1, 2023. Please familiarize yourself with the detour routes. Traffic may be diverted to Deer Hill Road, Smith Hill Road, and Beech Hill Road.

EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2023 SANDY BROOK ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO THROUGH TRAFFIC. If you have any questions, please call or email 1st Selectman Chris Johnstone at 860-379-3359 ext 202;

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Post Storm Info

Dear Colebrook Residents

Finally the snow storm is over!  To say the least it was a doozy and proved to be a very challenging weather event.  As you may all have noticed the amount of snowfall varied by elevation, down where I live we measured 10- 18, inches.  In the higher regions like Shantry Road and Cobb City there was an estimated 24 inches.   One thing the weather forecaster got right was that it would be long in duration with wet heavy snow. 

There are two groups that need special recognition.

Our DPW folks put in some extensive hours throughout this storm.  They began pre-treating the roads Monday evening and with very few breaks and a brief respite to get some sleep worked right through until late Wednesday evening.  In total, I estimate that they probably clocked 38 hours plowing roads and  parking lots.  Colebrook has approximately 42 miles of roads that they maintain plus several very large parking lots.  DPW Foreman Bill Jasmin was able to assemble a team  of workers and trucks to tackle this storm and at one point he had deployed six trucks to plow the roads and parking lots.  Wet heavy snow is extremely difficult to plow and it takes a long time and a toll on the trucks.   Bill  and crew managed to keep up with the storm and keep the roads of Colebrook open and safe for travel.  This was remarkable considering that he also had to deal with  two broken snow plows, a transmission that got stuck in reverse and a blown tire.  I also want to give a big shout out to Ben Bartlett who helped along with Ed Finn, Josh Jasmin and Will Sweeney.  Thanks very much for all of the hard work and the long, long hours.

The Fire department was busy as well.   Over the course of two days they responded  to no  less than seven Emergency calls for fallen limbs and trees on power lines.  These folk also put in long hours as well and need to be commended for the work they do to keep Colebrook safe.  As a Town we are very lucky to have a reliable all volunteer fire department .  Thanks to Chief Bartlett, Deputies Todd Hiller and Craig Carfiro  and the rest of the volunteers.  I truly appreciate your support!

Eversource,  also did an excellent job responding to restore power and deal with all of the downed trees and limbs.  Frankly, I lost count of how many trees and limbs fell and there were several roads blocked by fallen wires and trees.  Thanks to all of the residents who either called, texted or sent an e-mail  to me letting know of dangerous situations.   That really helps to get the proper work crews dispatched to correct these situations. 

Let’s hope that this is the last of the winter storms!


Chris Johnstone

1st Selectman

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Bridge Projects

Press Release


Project 0029-0104 

Old Creamery Road and Sandy Brook Road Bridge Preservation / Replacement

Town of Colebrook

Colebrook First Selectman Christopher Johnstone, announced today that construction on Project number 29-104 will begin on April 1, 2023. The project was awarded to NJR Construction, LLC, of Torrington, on March 8, 2023. The project involves the total replacement of Bridge No. 05141, Sandy Brook Rd. over Sandy Brook, and the preservation of Bridge No. 05146, Old Creamery Rd. over the Still River.

With a contract duration of 217 days, and a construction start date of April 1st, 2023, an estimated completion date of November 4th, 2023, is anticipated.  By contract, Sandy Brook Road can be closed for the entire 217 days.   Construction will begin on April 1st, 2023.   This will require the bridge to be closed and traffic will have to detour around the construction site.  The major detour routes for this project will be accomplished by using Deer Hill Road, Smith Hill and Colebrook Road (Route 183).  Minor construction activities have already begun with the placement of new utility poles and signage. 

The Old Creamery Road preservation project is expected to take 120 construction days and by contract the bridge can be closed for 120 consecutive days.  At this point it is anticipated to allow alternating one way traffic.  If it is necessary to close the bridge to traffic, a notice will be posted 14 days prior to the closing.  Both construction sites will be posted with clearly marked detour signs.

Project number 029003

Pinney Street Bridge

First Selectman Christopher Johnstone has also announced that a legal notice with an invitation to bid on the Pinney Street Bridge has been advertised in the Waterbury Republican and posted on the Town of Colebrook web site.    The timeline for the submission of bids is March 29th, 2023.  Hopefully the project can be awarded quickly with construction of the bridge beginning later in the spring.

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Bridge Project



State Project No. 9029-0003

Replacement of Bridge No. 029003

Pinney Street over Mill Brook

Colebrook, Connecticut

Sealed bids endorsed “Replacement of Bridge No. 029003 Pinney Street over Mill Brook, Colebrook, Connecticut” will be received at the First Selectman’s Office, 562 Colebrook Road, Colebrook, Connecticut until Wednesday, March 29, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. (EST) after which time no further bids will be accepted. NO EXCEPTIONS.  Bids will be publicly opened and read in the Colebrook Town Hall Meeting Room (2nd Floor) at 10:30 a.m.   

This project includes the replacement of an existing single span bridge carrying Pinney Street over Mill Brook (Bridge No. 029003) in Colebrook, CT.  The project includes the full depth roadway reconstruction of approximately 195 linear feet of Pinney Street along with guide rail and slope protection improvements.  The existing single span concrete cast-in-place slab structure will be replaced with a single span precast concrete rigid frame structure spanning over the existing abutments.  The top portions of the existing masonry abutments will be removed and the remaining portions will be partially backfilled with rip rap and finished with a concrete cap.

This contract is subject to state contract compliance requirements, including nondiscrimination statues and set-aside requirements. State law requires a minimum of twenty-five (25%) percent of the state-funded portion of the contract for award to subcontractors holding current certification from the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services (“DAS”) under the provisions of CONN. GEN. STAT. § 4a-60g. (25% of the work with DAS certified Small and Minority owned businesses and 25% of that work with DAS certified Minority, Women and/or disabled owned businesses.) The contractor must demonstrate good faith effort to meet the 25% set-aside goals.

Plans and Specifications for the above project may be examined and/or obtained at Advanced Reprographics, 50 Corporate Avenue, Plainville, CT 06062, (860) 410-1020. Drawings and Specifications may be viewed and/or obtained by going to the Advanced Reprographics website Prospective bidders should access the “Planroom” on the website and go to the “Public Jobs” area, no log in information is necessary.  Plans and specifications may be picked up at the Advanced Reprographics office.  Drawings and specifications may also be ordered by calling the Advanced Reprographics number listed above.  Bidders are responsible for all printing costs and shipping costs, as applicable.

Form 818 Standard Specifications and Supplemental Specifications may be obtained via the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s website: All Proposals must be on the form furnished by the Town of Colebrook and must be requested for the above-named project.

CONTRACTORS that find discrepancies and/or errors in or between plans, specifications, quantities and other matters, must immediately notify Mr. Dennis A. Garceau, P.E., GM2 Associates, Inc., 115 Glastonbury Boulevard, Glastonbury, CT 06033, Email: DGarceau@GM2INC.COM in writing not less than ten days before the scheduled bid opening.

The right is reserved to reject any or all bids or to waive defects in same if it be deemed in the best interest of the Town of Colebrook.

The Town of Colebrook is an Affirmative Action – Equal Opportunity Employer.

Christopher L. Johnstone

First Selectman

Town of Colebrook

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Colebrook Associates Scholarship

The 2023 Colebrook Associates scholarship application is now available. The application can be accessed below or you can find a fillable PDF on the Colebrook Associates website: .
Deadline for submission is Friday April 28, 2023 Hard copies are also available at the Town Hall.
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Agreement between Regional School District No 7 BOE & Northwestern Teachers’ Association


Notice is hereby given that a signed copy of the Agreement between Regional School District No. 7 Board of Education and Northwestern Teachers’ Association of Regional School District No. 7 2023 – 2026 has been filed with the Town Clerk and is available for public inspection during regular office hours.

Notice is also hereby given that a signed copy of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Northwestern Administrators’ Association and The Board of Education of Regional School District No. 7 dated July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2026 has been filed with the Town Clerk and is available for public inspection during regular office hours.

Dated at Colebrook, Connecticut this 22nd day of December, 2022.
Debra L. McKeon, MCTC

(Legal notice per 10-153d of the CGS, Agreement received 12/22/2022 – 30 days expires on 01/22/2023).

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