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Taken at the Thompsonville Boat Launch by Tom Kienzler

Season's Greetings From the Town Manager's Office


As the colder weather approaches, the Town of Enfield would like to remind you to make sure to check up on elderly neighbors and parents with young children when inclement weather arrives.  Being such a tight knit community we have always looked out for each other, and never is our bond more apparent than when we are able to help one another. For tips on how to protect yourselves and your loved ones during the cold winter months, please see the Connecticut Guide to Emergency Preparedness.

Also, in the spirit of giving, please consider donating to the Enfield Food Shelf and to Allied's Attic this winter season.  There are plenty of residents in need that would appreciate any contributions that you can make.

Please have a safe, happy and healthy holiday season.

Town Manager's Office





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The Town of Enfield's Registrar of Voters Office


By State Statute the ROV Staff consists of 2 Registrar of Voters, who are elected every two years and 2 appointed Deputy Registrar of Voters.  In addition there is one part-time Administration Assistant in the office.  Recently the Registrar of Voters office successfully conducted and supported the Municipal Elections that were held on Tuesday November 3rd 2015 in the Town of Enfield. 
 
This Staff prepares for all of the elections that are held in the town of Enfield and are responsible for implementing all of the requirements issued from the State Legislature and from the Secretary of State’s Office as it pertains to voter registrations and elections.  The Registrar of Voters Department manages all the voting equipment, coordinates all of the mandated training for the Staff and for the various election workers, and maintains and manages accurate voter registration information.  The Department conducts various voter registration drives in the high schools, nursing homes and within the community.  The Registrars also play a large part in the process for conducting/verifying the elections of the Democratic and Republican Town Committees.
 
The ROV Staff is responsible for and overseas over 65+ Election Workers for each and every election, spread out over the 5 polling places that coincide with the actual Town Council Districts:
 
John F. Kennedy Middle School (District 1)


Enfield Street School (District 2)**


Enrico Fermi High School (District 3)


Henry Barnard School (District 4)


Town Hall (Absentee processing & Election Day registrations) 


 
**It should be noted that the Council District 2 polling location is temporarily at Enfield Street School, as there will be NO voting at Enfield High School until at least 2018, due to the construction at that site.
 
It takes more than the Registrar of Voters staff and election workers to conduct a successful election, as many Town Departments are involved.  The Department also works closely with the Town Clerk’s Office in support of the absentee voting process and other mandated requirements.
 
The Registrar of Voters Office is officially open on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9am until 3pm, and sporadically throughout the week.  You can also connect with us on the Town’s Registrar of Voter's Webpage.




Calendar


December 6 - Hanukkah Begins at Sundown

December 21 - First Day of Winter

December 25 - Christmas Day (TOWN HALL CLOSED)

December 26 - Kwanzaa Begins

December 31 - New Year's Eve



Upcoming Town Meetings


Loan Review Committee Meeting
December 1, 6:00 PM @ Thompsonville Room

Inland Wetlands & Watercourse Commission
December 1, 7:00 PM @ Town Hall Council Chambers

High School Building Subcommittee Meeting
December 3, 6:00 PM @
 Enfield High School Fermi Wing, Room E233


High School Building Committee Meeting
December 3, 2015 6:30 PM @ Enfield High School Fermi Wing, Room E233

Revitalization Strategy Committee Meeting
December 3, 7:00 PM @ Enfield Room

Planning & Zoning Commission
December 3, 7:00 PM @ Council Chambers

Town Council Special Meeting
December 7, 5:30 PM @ Enfield Room

Public Hearing to Amend the Ethics Ordinance
December 7, 6:50 PM @ Council Chambers

Town Council - Regular Meeting
December 7, 7:00 PM @ Council Chambers

Enfield Conservation Commission
December 8, 7:00 PM?-?10:00 PM @ Enfield Room

Inland Wetlands & Watercourse Commission
December 15, 7:00 PM @ Town Hall Council Chambers

High School Building Subcommittee Meeting
December 17, 6:00 PM @ Henry Barnard BOE Conference Room

High School Building Committee Meeting
December 17, 6:30 PM @ Henry Barnard BOE Conference Room

Planning & Zoning Commission
December 17, 7:00 PM @ Town Hall Council Chambers

Town Council Special Meeting
December 21, 5:30 PM @ Enfield Room

Town Council Regular Meeting
December 21, 7:00 PM Council Chambers

Zoning Board of Appeals
December 28, 7:00 PM  @ Council Chambers




Current Jobs


Public Works Assistant Director-Highway/Refuse and Resource Management Operations Manager  
         
$93,034 Annual Salary


Operates under the general supervision of the Director of Public Works and/or Deputy Director of Public Works, and is responsible for the operation of all aspects of the Highway and Refuse and Resource Management Divisions of the Department of Public Works.

Provides supervision of the operations of the Highway and Refuse and Resource Management Divisions including but not limited to daily assignments, department’s construction projects and the Town’s transportation infrastructure.  Supervises clerical, skilled and unskilled workers. May also exercise supervision on specific tasks or as directed by the Director of Public Works or his/her designee.
Read Full Description


For more job opportunities with the Town of Enfield, click here.


The Department of Human Resources

RFP's


For all open Bids and Requests for Proposals, click here.


The Finance Department




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Our Annual Houselighting Contest is Underway!


The Enfield Recreation Department in conjunction with Panera Bread is sponsoring a house lighting contest. Have a great time lighting up your home, decorating it in the holiday spirit. Official entry forms are available at the Recreation Office, online at www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation or at Panera Bread in the Enfield Square Mall.
 
Judging will take place Tuesday, December 8 through Thursday, December 10. We ask for lights to be left on from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. All entry forms must be turned into the Recreation Department by 5:00 PM on Friday, December 4th. This contest is for Enfield residents only. Participants who won last year are not eligible for a prize this year but may participate if they wish.
 
Prizes will be awarded for the following categories… BEST OVERALL, MOST SPIRITED, MOST CREATIVE & BRIGHTEST.

Torchlight Parade & Carol Sing

 
An annual event, the Torchlight Parade and Carol Sing will be held Saturday, December 5th.  The parade will begin at 6:00 PM at Enfield Street School and end at the Town Green.  The Carol Sing will begin at 7:00 PM in front of the Town Gazebo along with the tree lighting and Santa’s arrival.
 
In case of inclement weather the rain date for this event will be Sunday, December 6th. 
 
This year’s parade is sponsored by the Thompsonville Fire Department.


The Recreation Division Webpage 




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Festival of Trees


The Enfield Public Library, in conjunction with the Enfield Cultural Arts Commission, is pleased to present our annual holiday Festival of Trees.  The Festival of Trees Opening Reception will be held on Thursday, December 10th at 6:30 pm.   Join us for Christmas music with Joe Wrann, refreshments and the display of unique handmade trees created by Enfield residents of all ages.  Refreshments will be provided.  For more information call (860) 763-7518.


The Enfield Public Library




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Christopher Moylan Retires after 20 Years of Service


The Enfield Police Department is a full service law enforcement agency dedicated first and foremost to the safety and security of all of our residents and to visitors of our community. The Enfield Police Department is currently recognized as a nationally accredited law enforcement agency through the Commission of Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Our Department is one of only 15 departments within the State to enjoy this designation, and Officer Moylan has been apart of the Enfield Police Department's evolution over the last 20 years.  We wish him well in his future endeavours.

Police Department New Hires


In order to achieve our goal of public safety we are organized into various divisions, Patrol, Traffic, Detectives, Community Police Officers, and School Resource Officers. In addition our Department is an active participant of regional law enforcement agencies such as Metro Traffic Services (MTS), and the Capitol Region Emergency Response Team (CREST). In the final analysis, the ultimate effectiveness of any police department is the degree of cooperation and collaboration between the community and the police.

Our Department enjoys a tremendous spirit of support and cooperation from all segments of our community. We understand that the trust that we currently enjoy is something that we have worked hard to earn. As we move to the future we view this trust as a privilege bestowed upon us by our community and must remain ever vigilant to work every day to maintain it, with the right people to implement it.  The Enfield Police Department has hired many new officers this year, including the two new officers featured below from the Baltimore Police Department, William Smith and Tyler Hoag.
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New Hires Officer William Smith and Officer Tyler Hoag

Brightening the Holidays with the PD!


The Enfield Police Explorers will be at Shop Rite on Saturday 11/21 and Sunday 11/22 from 8 AM to 8 PM to assist in raising Food and Donations for the Enfield Food Shelf. All are welcome to stop by and say hi!

Christmas is Almost Here! 


The Enfield Police Department will be holding it's annual Toy for Joy program this year for children between the ages of Infant to 8 years old.
 

This program is for Enfield residents ONLY. 

Parents who are having a financial hardship can apply for the Toy for Joy Program by filling out an application at the Police Department 24/7.  Applications are available from November 21st thru December 13th.
 

Applications will not be accepted after the December 13th deadline.
More details can be found at www.toysforjoy.org

Proof of residency is required.



Enfield Police Department
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Gift Ideas from the Town Clerk!


2016 Sporting licenses will be available
December 1, 2015!


Make your Gamer's Holiday this year and purchase a license for them at the Town Clerk's Office!


Town Clerk's Office

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Volunteers  Needed  for  the Commission on Aging’s Senior Minor Home Repair Program


 
Do you have carpentry and general repair skills?  Would you like to help seniors in Enfield live independently in their homes?
 
The Commission on Aging is seeking additional volunteers to provide “handyman services” to our senior Enfield residents.  This service provides minor repairs /maintenance for seniors in their homes  helping  keep our elders in their homes longer and safer during their retirement years.    For further information about how you can help this wonderful program please call the Senior Center at (860) 763-7425



The Enfield Senior Center




Winter Tips
Be Prepared for Winter!

Enfield EMS Shares Some
Winter Weather Preparation Tips!

  • Make sure you have bottled water and food (that doesn’t require a stove/oven/ microwave) to last you at least 3 days!
  • Keep extra batteries on hand, and have your flash lights “at the ready”.  Battery powered or “crank” radios are also handy!
  • Make sure your cell phone or other necessary electronics are fully charged prior to the storm’s onset.
  • Check your smoke and CO detectors!  Never run generators indoors!
  • Re-fill any necessary prescription or over-the-counter medications before the storm. 
  • If you rely on home oxygen, please contact your oxygen supply company prior to the storm! EMS will respond to any emergency; however we are not able to deliver and/or leave oxygen tanks at your home!!
  • Contact your Doctor’s offices/Dialysis Centers/ Medical Facilities for guidance on any scheduled appointments or treatments that could be canceled due to weather.
  • Please stay safe, and only drive on the roads if you absolutely must!  Crews are busy trying to remove snow, and the less traffic, the better!
  • Be a good neighbor; check on senior citizen neighbors often.
  • Clear snow away from fire hydrants and HOUSE NUMBERS.  If you can’t see your house number, neither can we!
  • Please, only call 911 for Emergencies!!

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy winter season!


Enfield EMS



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Information Technology's New Operations!


Harriet Beecher Stowe is now open and operating.  Several Town Departments (FRC, Child Development Center, etc) were able to begin on the first day of school.  Pre K was also moved here, as well as Early Childhood.  IT worked diligently, with many other Town Departments, to ensure that this school is equipped with all the same technological opportunities and security measures as the other schools.  We look forward to having more children and staff in the future! 
 
IT has ordered equipment for the Enfield High School Renovation Project. Servers, switches, etc will arrive so we can begin setting up the infrastructure of Enfield High.  Some staff, offices and classrooms were moved into the new Fermi STEAM building over Thanksgiving.   For more information on their progress and updates, go to their web site -- http://www.enfield-ct.gov/501/Enfield-High-School-Building-Committee
 
To keep up with all the exciting happenings in IT, we have opened these avenues for you: 
 
               Twitter:  follow @enfieldtpc
               IT NewsFlash Pages: http://www.enfield-ct.gov/885/Technology-News


Information Technology Webpage



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Volunteers for Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Initiative Program Needed


The Town of Enfield Department of Social Services will be offering free tax help to low and moderate income individuals, and volunteers are needed to assist.  Volunteers will play a crucial role in the tax preparation assistance program, and they would take on a variety of roles, including:

  • Welcoming people coming in for tax preparation assistance
  • Providing childcare and translation services
  • Assisting in preparing and filing tax forms
  • Offering information on financial literacy

Individuals from all backgrounds and abilities can provide tax preparation assistance services.  Accounting experience is not required.  Before working, volunteers will need to complete a seven hour training session, and commit to working at least four hours a week.

For more information about volunteer opportunities during the upcoming tax season, please contact Larry Hayward, VITA Coordinator at lhayward@enfield.org or phone: (860) 253-6395. 


The Department of Social Services



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2016 REVALUATION


A Revaluation is the process of performing all of the necessary Market Analysis and Valuation steps to determine accurate and equitable values for all properties within a municipality.  The equalization of the values within the Town creates a fair distribution of the tax burden.

The purpose of the Revaluation is not to raise taxes.  The purpose is to create an equitable distribution of the tax load.

These are the major steps required for our town-wide revaluation, effective October 1, 2016;

A)  Any collection required:

  • Physical data of changes by building permits or other notification
  • Discovery of changes through sales
  • Photos of missing structures from the current file

         
B)  Quality Control: 

  • As data is being collected, managers from both Vision Government Solutions and the Assessor’s office often revisit properties to double check the data collection process.

 
C)  Collect and Verify Specific Market Data:                       

  • This step includes that the data mailers are sent to all property owners to gain further insight on properties, existing property data and commercial/industrial property lease information.  A physical review of those properties responded to the mailer may also be required.  

D)   Analysis:

  • Once all data is collected and reviewed for accuracy, the appraisers will begin to set values using information gathered from past market activity (sales and other transfers of ownership of a property).  For Enfield, this is from October 1, 2014 through October 1, 2016.  Valuation is done using one of the three widely accepted valuation methods which are market, cost or income approach. 

E)    Field Review & Value Correlation:

  • This is a quality check process where a member of the assessor staff with an appraiser from Vision will review the final property card collection with any updates and review neighborhood variations, attributes and changes, if any, from the October 1, 2011 revaluation. 

 F)  Informal Hearings 

  • Towards the end of the revaluation, every property owner receives a notice of their proposed valuation.  If they have a question or concern about the proposed valuation, they are asked to call Vision to set a date and time for an informal hearing.  This appointment is meant to allow a brief discussion about the revaluation process, review the specifics of the property in question and to answer general questions the owner may have.  The property’s owners are asked to come prepared with their questions and have compared their property to other comparable ones in their neighborhood.  This hearing is strictly meant to answer general questions on the proposed property assessments.  If required, the hearing officer will later determine if further review of the property assessment is necessary based on the notes taken during the hearing.  The proposed values are not final until all hearings and any data or value changes resulting from the hearings are completed.

              A second notice of assessment will be sent after the hearing process for those                             which requested and attended a hearing.
 
G)  Project Completion 

  • During this phase, the company has made all final changes resulting from the steps outlined above.  In order for the project to be complete, the Town must formally accept all values.  Once this is complete, all information is formally turned over to the Town by Vision Government Solutions.  All data is then verified and accepted by the State of Connecticut for Compliance of Standards required by statutes. 

H)  Board of Assessment Appeals 

  • This is available for any property owner which still is dissatisfied with the results of the informal hearing.  Again, data and documentation must be provided to the Board reflecting what and/or why the value is not representing the value of the property.

                                   
Estimated Calendar of Events:
                                                                                            From                                To

Project Startup                                                     July 2015

Public Relations                                                   On Going

Data Mailers                                                    November 2015             January 2016

Sales Data Collection                                   November 2015          October 1, 2016

Residential Field Review                                 March 2016                October 2016

Commercial Field Review                                  May 2016                   August 2016

Preliminary Land Study                                   March 2016             September 2016

Preliminary Building Study                               May 2016                   August 2016

Preliminary Market Rent Study                   August 2016             September 2016

Informal Hearings                                          November 2016          December 2016

Board of Assessment Appeals                        March 2016                    April 2016



Assessment and Revenue Collection




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Safe Holidays from the Enfield Together Coalition


Enfield Together Coalition would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday season. We would also like to encourage you to take some time this holiday season to talk with the youth in your life about the dangers of underage drinking and substance use. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), on an average December day, more than 11,000 young people, aged 12 to 17, will use alcohol for the first time.  Some of these young adults will not make it to the new year, as nearly 400 young people under age 21 die from alcohol-related causes every month. Talk with young people early and often about the dangers of different substances. With your help, we can make sure that young people in our community stay strong, safe, and substance free.

For more information about the Enfield Together Coalition please visit our website at www.enfieldtogether.org.



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Hello from Enfield Development Services!

 
The Town of Enfield Development Services Held their Fall 2015 Business Breakfast at Asnuntuck Community College. The event was about Marketing Tips for Small & Mid-Sized Businesses to help their business grow and thrive.  Mary McCarthy, Director of Marketing & Business Development at Andrew Associates and Kristi Sullivan, Vice President of Marketing at CT Economic Resource Center shared their tips for effective marketing. 
 
Peter Bryanton, Acting Assistant Town Manager, Development Services for the Town of Enfield lead the Business Breakfast.   Peter noted that together, we are concentrating on building a stronger business community and putting together business events like this one that connect and inform our businesses to help us get there.  Development Services has over 2,800 business contacts and connections and growing each day.  

Speaker Keith Madore joined the administration of Asnuntuck Community College last November as the Director of Institutional Advancement and Community Engagement.  In Keith’s role, he oversees such essential functions as: Development, Alumni Relations, Annual Giving, and Community Engagement Projects. In conjunction with the President’s Office, and the college, his office has the responsibility for advancing the campus's overall mission through the cultivation and establishment of new relationships, fundraising for scholarships and the continuance of ongoing relationships.  

The Town of Enfield and Asnuntuck Community College enjoy partnering and offering this Breakfast Business Series to connect the business community and individuals, so we all continue to grow and prosper here. 

Our next Development Services Business Breakfast will be held in the Spring right at Asnuntuck Community College on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 from 8:00 am to 9:30 a.m.
 
We are proud to announce our Signature Series Sponsor is Westfield Bank.  We thank Carla DiLoreto, Branch Manager of the Enfield Banking Center at 47 Palomba Drive for this partnership.  Along with Keith Madore and Gary Carra from Asnuntuck.  Enfield is on the move and leading the way.  Join us on Wednesday, June 15, 2016.
 
If you’re on our email list you’ll receive a reminder…if not you can sign up today by visit www.thinkenfield.com.  
 

Enfield Development Services

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Adult Day Open House!


The Enfield Adult Day Center is having an open house on 12/9/15 at 10:00am.  If you’ve always wondered “What is an Adult Day Center and what do you do there”, now’s your time to come and check us out.  All are invited.  Delicious snacks will be served.
 
The Adult Day Center provides social and educational activities, exercise programs and entertainment options to frail elders in need of support.  They also provide assistance with personal hygiene and medical treatment using a Certified medical model.  “Each care plan is personalized based on a client’s individual needs, and all care plans are enhanced by exercise, entertainment, and stimulating social activities,” said Paula Vaicekauskas, Director of the Adult Day Center.  The Enfield Adult Day Center has been providing service to the community for over 20 years.
 
The Adult Day Center, located at 1A Beech Road, is open to residents from Enfield and neighboring towns including East Windsor, Somers, Suffield, and Windsor Locks, CT and Longmeadow, MA.  Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For additional information, please call (860) 763-7537.


Enfield Adult Day Center




ROADS

What's Going on with Our ROADS?


Abbe Road Pavement Recommendation
Contact: John Cabibbo, P.E. - Assistant Town Engineer

The Department of Public Works has engaged a consultant, AECOM, to inspect and assess the condition of Abbe Road between Broad Brook Road and Powder Hill Road and make recommendations for appropriate treatments.  AECOM has taken samples of the pavement and base materials along this section of Abbe Road.  The AECOM report and recommendations are currently under review.

Abbe South Road Reconstruction
Contact: Donald Nunes - ROADS Engineer

Abbe South Road Reconstruction Project consists of complete full-depth reconstruction of Grant Road from Abbe Road to the southerly Town line, Sapphire Street from Grant Road to Jewel Street and Town Farm Road from Abbe Road to Broad Brook Road. Current activity includes survey, wetlands delineation and base mapping.

Brainerd Park Basketball / Volleyball Court Improvements
Contact: Donald Nunes - ROADS Engineer

The line striping has been completed and this phase of the project is done.

Crack Seal Program 2016
Contact: Donald Nunes - ROADS Engineer

The Engineering Office is designing an in-house crack seal program that will consist of approximately 28.6 miles of center line roadway miles encompassing approximately 127 streets. The program is scheduled for 2016 and current activities include street verification and specification writing. 

Crescent Lake Road Reconstruction
Contact: J.P Rodriguez - ROADS Engineer

For the week of November 23, 2015 the contractor will continue with the placement of the asphalt berm and tentatively place the top course of asphalt.

Eds Drive Drainage Project
Contact: John Cabibbo, P.E. - Assistant Town Engineer

The second of three submissions for the construction drawings and specifications are under review by the Engineering Office.  Currently, acquiring an easement with the State DEEP and will publicly bid this project after final reviews.

Fletcher - Still Road Reconstruction
Contact: Donald Nunes - ROADS Engineer

Fletcher - Still Road Reconstruction Project consists of complete full-depth reconstruction of Fletcher Road from Broad Brook Road easterly to the Town line and Still Lane from Fletcher Road to the westerly paved terminus.  Current activity includes survey, wetlands delineation and base mapping.

Freshwater Boulevard Pavement Rehabilitation Project
Contact: Donald Nunes - ROADS Engineer

Encroachment Permit has been granted from the Connecticut Department of Transportation.  All application documents have been sent to CRCOG and CTDOT for final reviews.

Green Manor South Road Reconstruction Project 2016
Contact: J.P Rodriguez - ROADS Engineer

The Consultant has submitted a progress plans engineering work for our review and comments.
 

Mullen Road Permanent Road Reconstruction
Contact: Donald Nunes - ROADS Engineer

The Engineering Office is awaiting the final design submission.
 

Neelans Park "On the Buckhorn" Road Reconstruction
Contact: Donald Nunes, ROADS Engineer

Construction activity/paving continues on Michael Drive, Sam Street, Kimberly Street and Susan Circle. 

Orlando Drive Culvert Replacement
Contact: John Cabibbo, P.E. - Assistant Town Engineer

The second of three submissions are under review by the Engineering Office and State of Connecticut.  Engineering is also awaiting a United States Army Corps of Engineers permit.

Park Street & Taylor Road Reconstruction Project 2016
Contact: J.P Rodriguez - ROADS Engineer

The consultant is working to submitting a progress report for our review and comments.

Pavement Preservation Year One
Contact: J.P Rodriguez - ROADS Engineer

On Wednesday October 14, 2015 at 11:00 am The Town opened the bid documents for this work and the Engineering Office is reviewing the bids and checking references.

Pavement Preservation Year Two
Contact: J.P Rodriguez - ROADS Engineer

Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc., out of Wethersfield, CT has been awarded this design engineering work.
 

Raffia Southeast Road Reconstruction
Contact: J.P Rodriguez - ROADS Engineer

For the week of Nov 23, 2015 the contractor will tentatively place top course of asphalt on Cloud Street and Light Street.

Raffia Southwest Road Reconstruction
Contact: J.P Rodriguez - ROADS Engineer

For the week of November 23, 2015 the contractor will tentatively place top course of asphalt on David Street.

South River Street Bridge
Contact: John Cabibbo, P.E. - Assistant Town Engineer

Proposals from sixteen engineering firms have been narrowed down to four.  Interviews with the four engineering firms are scheduled for the week of November 23-28, 2015.  

Thompsonville South Road Reconstruction
Contact: Donald Nunes - ROADS Engineer

All paving is complete and the project is in punch list.



Public Works ROADS 2015 and Roads Projects

Town of Enfield Engineering Webpage





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