Employment Opportunity – Inland Wetlands and Zoning Enforcement Officer

The Town of Colebrook currently has an opening for an Inland Wetlands & Zoning Enforcement Officer. This is a part time position of 20 hours per week.

For a complete job description, please contact the 1st Selectman’s Office at 860-379-3359 ext 202.

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Affordable Housing Plan

The updated Draft Colebrook Housing Affordability Plan is now available for review. Click here to review the full updated DRAFT plan.

The original draft plan was available for review and the committee solicited comments. As a result of comments received, one revision was made to the original draft plan. The strategy that was on p. 19 that referenced collaboration with the Colebrook Land Conservancy was removed. This strategy seemed like it might cause confusion and it was removed for greater clarity.

The new plan is posted, available for your review and comment. The plan is also available for review in the Town Clerk’s Office.

The Colebrook Housing Plan Steering Committee wants to hear if Colebrook Residents support the DRAFT plan’s goals before it goes to the Board of Selectmen for adoption. Please take 5 minutes to take the online survey and give us your feedback today!

Click here to complete 5 minute survey

Colebrook has beautiful open spaces and a rural small-town quality of life. The Affordable Housing Plan seeks to protect these aspects that we love about our town while also, in a strategic and focused way, working locally to meet our residents’ housing needs over the next five years.

The goals of this plan are:

  1. Form a non-profit (501c3) Colebrook Housing Organization
  2. Expand housing options for seniors
  3. Keep residents living safely and affordably in their homes
  4. Support first-time home buyer options

View the Housing Plan Survey Flyer here

 
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Pinney Street Bridge Closure

GM-2 Associates has advised the Town of Colebrook that due to the deteriorating condition of the Pinney Street bridge that it should be closed to vehicular traffic immediately.
Effective  August 31, 2022, at 12:00PM the bridge was closed to all vehicular traffic until further notice.
The Pinney Street Bridge is located between Millbrook road and Route 44. The detour routes will be via Hannafin Road to the east and Millbrook road to the west.
This bridge has been slated for replacement, GM-2 Associates has completed the engineering requirements for construction of a new bridge and town funding for the project has been secured. Once the town receives the fifty percent cost share grant for this project we will be able to being the construction process.
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Farmington Valley Health District Initiatives

QPR Institute Classes

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.

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Message from the Colebrook School

Dear Colebrook School Community,

As you know, the health, safety and wellness of students and staff are of the utmost importance here at Colebrook Consolidated School. There are no words to fully express our feelings about the horrific mass shooting that occurred yesterday in Uvalde, Texas. Our hearts, prayers and thoughts go to the grief-stricken families and staff of Robb Elementary School. While we have all seen far too many of these events, it does not make it any easier to process this tragedy.

The staff at Colebrook School will address and support students today and in the coming days based on their individual needs. Whatever your child’s need may be, our dedicated staff and teachers, psychologist, support staff and administration will support students at their developmental level. In addition to the support of our students, we encourage anyone in our school community to share any safety concerns with us. Even with all of our protocols in place, sometimes the best information comes from students and/or family members who recognize an issue that raises concern. During school hours, please bring your concerns to Principal Beth Driscoll. After school hours, please report any concerning threats or important information directly to law enforcement.

With our number one priority of keeping students and staff safe, please know that Colebrook School has security protocols and plans in place, and that all students and school personnel regularly participate in crisis drills. Our school district has had a long-standing and successful working relationship with state troopers at Troop B. We also have a school security upgrade taking place at the school this summer which will replace many exterior and interior doors and hardware, cameras as well as other security measures.
We are fortunate to have a strong school community. While remaining vigilant, we will continue to enjoy our positive school environment. We are appreciative of everyone’s efforts in keeping the members of our school community safe.

Thank you for your continued support of Colebrook Consolidated School.

Bob Gilbert, Superintendent

Beth Driscoll, Principal

Colebrook Consolidated School

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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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