Budget Referendum/Results

Colebrook Town budget vote passed: 90 Yes; 50 No

Region 7 budget vote passed Colebrook: 95 Yes; 45 No

Region 7 budget vote passed in district.

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Beech Hill Road

The dirt portion of Beech Hill Road is now open.
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Party Selected Delegated to Conventions

LEGAL NOTICE

Party-Selected Delegated to Conventions

A certified list of party-selected candidates for the Republican Party in the Town of Colebrook for participation as DELEGATES to the convention(s) of said Party specified below is on file in my office at 562 Colebrook Road, Colebrook, Connecticut and copies are available for public distribution.

CONVENTION(S)

2022 Congressional District 1 Convention

2022 State Senate District 8 Convention

2022 Judge of Probate District 23 Convention

2022 State House District 63 Convention

2022 State Convention

April 1, 2022

Debra L. McKeon, CCTC

Colebrook


LEGAL NOTICE

Party-Selected Delegated to Conventions

A certified list of party-selected candidates for the Democratic Party in the Town of Colebrook for participation as DELEGATES to the convention(s) of said Party specified below is on file in my office at 562 Colebrook Road, Colebrook, Connecticut and copies are available for public distribution.

CONVENTION(S)

2022 Congressional Convention

2022 State Senate Convention

2022 State Assembly Convention

2022 Probate Judge Convention

2022 State Party Convention

April 1, 2022

Debra L. McKeon, CCTC

Colebrook

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5 Minute Housing Needs Survey

Colebrook’s Housing Plan Steering Committee has begun its work on a plan to address the housing needs of current and future residents in the Town of Colebrook as required by State statute. The Committee asks all Colebrook residents to please take a 5-minute online anonymous survey about housing needs today by going to Housing Survey.

If you can’t access the online survey through your cell phone, tablet, or computer, please call or visit the Selectman’s Office at Town Hall for a paper version of the survey. The Housing Plan currently being developed will lay out strategies that the town can take over the next five years to begin addressing Colebrook residents’ housing needs.

There will be multiple opportunities for input from residents during the process of developing this Housing Plan. Stay tuned for updates.

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Colebrook Grand List Grows 2.55% as Motor Vehicle Values Increase Statewide

The Grand List is comprised of all the real estate, motor vehicles, and personal property in Town and the Colebrook 2021 Grand List grew 2.55% or $4,919,752. The pandemic has had an impact on different aspects of the Grand List and Motor Vehicles in particular.

During the last two years the Assessor’s Office has seen an increase in the number of Building Permits as more homeowners were working from home, not going out to dinner or taking their yearly vacations, and as a result potentially having more disposable income and time for their home improvement projects.  Most of the increase in the Real Estate portion of the Grand List, $277,535, reflected a trend where much of the increase came through residential remodeling and home improvements.

Motor Vehicles have seen the greatest increase and this is not unique to Colebrook. Colebrook’s Motor Vehicle Grand List grew more than $3,264,120. It is well known that motor vehicle values have surged across Connecticut and nationwide.

Increased values can be traced directly to the pandemic eruption in March 2020. Auto plants suspended production to try and slow the spread of the virus. As sales of new vehicles sank, fewer people traded in used cars and trucks. At the same time, demand for laptops and monitors from people forced to stay at home led semiconductor makers to shift production from autos, which depend on such chips, to consumer electronics. When a swifter than expected economic rebound boosted demand for vehicles, auto plants tried to restore full production, but chip makers couldn’t respond fast enough. Also add that rental car companies and other fleet buyers who were unable to acquire new vehicles, stopped off loading older ones. This compounded the shortage of used vehicles. The supply of used cars shrank so drastically, that basic economics took over, pushing the “in demand” prices higher. As bleak as the market is for used car buyers, the computer chip shortage has also driven new vehicle prices higher. It’s a ripple effect with supply and demand the driving factor.

The Assessor’s Office also saw an increase in Business Personal Property as that portion of the Grand List grew over $1,378,097. The increase in Personal Property also seemed to be tied to the pandemic. The businesses that were able to survive and somewhat thrive during the pandemic were able to experience profits and purchase new equipment.

2/18/2022

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Covid-19 Test Kits and N-95 Masks

To All Colebrook Residents:

COVID-19 Test Kits

The town has received another shipment of COVID-19 test kits. They will be distributed through the Selectman’s office and will be prioritized and available to vulnerable citizens. This includes citizens with disabilities, citizens living in congregate housing, and senior citizens aged fifty-five and older. To be eligible for a free test kit you must be a resident of the town and provide valid identification. Please call Karen Odell at (860) 379-3359 X-201 to make arrangements to pick up a test kit. Please understand that supplies are limited, and test kits will be distributed one (1) test kit per family, and it may not be possible to fill all orders. The town is no longer distributing test kits to the general population. Test kits can be ordered by the general population by visiting covidtest.gov to request the free test kits which are being sent by the federal government.

N-95 Masks

The town has an ample supply of masks which will be made available to all residents on a first come first serve basis. The masks will be available for pick-up weekdays during the normal Town Hall hours, Monday – Thursday 8:30 – 4:30 and Friday 8:30 – 12:00. The masks are located inside the main entrance of the Colebrook Town Hall. Please observe a limit of one box per family. These will be distributed until the supply is exhausted.

Chris Johnstone, 1st Selectman

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Congratulations to Northwestern Region 7 High School ~ Connecticut’s Only 2021 National Blue Ribbon High School

Dear Northwestern Faculty, Staff, Students and Families:

On behalf of the RSD7 Board of Education and High School Principal Gary Franklin, it is my pleasure to announce that Northwestern High School has been named a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School for exemplary high performance.  This is the highest recognition in public education and a tremendous credit to our faculty, staff, students, and families.  Our exceptional teachers and support staff consistently work with our students to help them reach their full potential.

The following is an excerpt from the Governor’s press release:

“Northwestern takes a proactive approach to easing the transition for students and building community through Link Crew, a student leadership program, before the school year begins. Supporting each other and the broader community are core values at Northwestern. In 2015, the district implemented a program called Kindness in Motion. This unique program has been recognized by InspirEd, Facebook, and the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Kindness in Motion is a mini-grant program that empowers students and staff to design and implement projects that spread kindness within and beyond their community.

Over the last four accountability reporting cycles, Northwestern has shown improvement across key indicators. Overall performance has earned the school placement in Category 1, the highest grouping in the system, the last time accountability reports were issued. Northwestern is one of only nine high schools in Category 1 and one of six to be identified as a School of Distinction.”

On behalf of the entire RSD7 Administrative team (Mr. Bakulski, Mr. Carroll, Mr. Amara, and Dr. Carvalho)  Mr. Franklin and I would like to express our appreciation for your support of Northwestern High School.  We would also like to acknowledge Mr. Ken Chichester, retired HS Principal, for his countless contributions to Northwestern High School.

A very special thanks to the Regional School District No. 7 Board of Education for their consistent support:  Molly Sexton Read, Chair; Rob Jerram, Vice-Chair; Noel Gauthier, Secretary; Terri Kenneson, Deb Bell, Kim Crone, Lisa Ann Fragale, and Mimi Duran.

I would also like to thank the elected officials from our four towns for their support, including; Barkhamsted First Selectman, Don Stein; Colebrook First Selectman, Tom McKeon; New Hartford First Selectman, Dan Jerram; and Norfolk First Selectman, Matt Riiska .

Further, I would like to acknowledge the Northwestern Middle School faculty and staff for their on-going work in preparing our students for high school.  This award is a credit to everyone working in RSD7.  We share this award with the leadership, faculty, staff, and students of our elementary school districts and the Hartland School, for their work in building our students’ educational foundation.  We also share this award with students and families from Winchester and Torrington who attend Northwestern’s Agricultural Education program.

Please see the attached the video if you are interested in additional information about this national award.

Here is the link to the 2021 United States Department of Education  National Blue Ribbon Award Winners.

Sincerely,

Judy Palmer

 

Governor Lamont’s Press Release Regarding National Blue Ribbon School Awards

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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 kodell@colebrooktownhall.org.

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Collective Bargaining Agreement Available for Inspection

TOWN OF COLEBROOK

Notice is hereby given that a signed copy of the Collective Bargaining Agreement Between the Committee for Shared Services and The Shared Services Teachers’ Association dated 2021 through 2024 has been filed with the Town Clerk and is available for public inspection during regular office hours as well as well as on the Town of Colebrook’s website at www.townofcolebrook.org.

Dated at Colebrook, Connecticut this 24th day of May, 2021

Debra L. McKeon, MCTC

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NOTICE

TOWN OF COLEBROOK

Notice is hereby given that the audit of the Annual Financial Statements and the State Single Audit of the Town of Colebrook for the year ending June 30, 2020, as prepared by King, King & Associates, PC, are on file at the Town Clerk’s office and available for public inspection during regular office hours.

Dated at Colebrook, Connecticut, this 13th day of May, 2021.

Debra L. McKeon, MCTC

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