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COG Updates

EPA Awards Three Sites in Waterbury Remediation Funding

The Naugatuck Valley Council of Government's Revolving Loan Fund committee recently awarded the City of Waterbury cleanup funding for the remediation of three sites, one of which occurred on 130 Freight Street. In early February, Costello Construction began demolishing this site, which took less than five weeks. These funds will be utilized to assist in the removal of hazardous demolition materials on site. In addition, funds were also awarded to cover the cost of ground water sampling and monitoring for Brass City Harvest located on 359 Mill Street. Finally, the United States Environmental Protection Agency awarded funding towards the remediation of 698 S. Main Street in Waterbury. For more details about NVCOG’s Revolving Loan Fund program, please visit: https://nvcogct.gov/what-we-do/brownfields-2/funding/rlf-program/

Mapmaking with NVCOG!

The NVCOG Farmers’ Markets & Agricultural Resources Map continues to help residents find places to buy local produce. Many farm stands, CSA farms, and farmers markets are open for business, and are making adjustments to ensure safety for you and their employees. In addition to fresh produce, many farmers markets sell flowers, soaps, crafts, and live plants. Another avenue to fresh foods is to visit local pick-your-own farms. Also, you can enjoy food-related events like food festivals, wine tastings, and themed farm dinners around the region. Be sure to check your municipality’s website or call for updated hours and options during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Don’t forget to support local farmers and businesses this growing season! If you have any suggestions of an agriculture-related activity, please contact Richard Crowther Jr.

West Main Street Corridor Study

The West Main Street Corridor project team, which consists of the NVCOG, City of Waterbury, Fitzgerald & Halliday, and Fuss & O’Neill held a virtual meeting seeking public input on April 14! This event drew a cross mix of stakeholders from residents to community leaders. Furthermore, participants had the opportunity to ask questions about the future of West Main Street. A major driver of this conversation revolved around promoting mobility and connectivity along this area. Last month, the team issued a survey asking stakeholders how to best develop solutions to improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders, and drivers. So far, this survey has garnered over 50 responses! To receive the latest info, be sure to visit www.westmainstudy.com.

Please follow the West Main Street Corridor Study on Facebook!

Route 229 Corridor Study

The Route 229 project aims to develop a corridor study outlining strategic ways to improve traffic flow along Middle Street in Bristol and West Street in Southington. The NVCOG is working with BL Companies to spearhead public involvement for this project. Yesterday, a virtual Project Advisory Committee meeting was held to examine existing conditions and collect feedback from residents. More importantly, the project team is committed to spreading awareness about this project by communicating updates through digital and printed communication means. To learn more about this project please visit the Route 229 Corridor Study website.

Naugatuck River Greenway Trail Regional Priorities Update

The Naugatuck River Greenway Steering Committee approved an updated trail section prioritization for the Naugatuck River Greenway (NRG). Under this plan, seven trail corridors were identified for meeting the current criteria of the regional trail priorities. In order to qualify for the regional trail priorities, a site must:

  • have demonstrable local support, AND;

  • connect two complete or soon to be complete sections of NRG Trail, OR;

  • connect a complete or soon to be complete section of NRG trail with an important destination or population center, OR;

  • requires little investment or effort to complete

NVCOG Compost and Rain Barrel Sale

NVCOG is excited to host a backyard composter and rain barrel sale event that will take place on Saturday June 17th. The sale will offer quality composters, rain barrels and accessories at affordable prices to region residents.

Residents will be able to order items in the NVCOG online store and should plan to pick up their items at one of two pick up locations on Saturday, June 19:

  • Cheshire Town Hall, 84 Main Street from 9:00 - 11:00 AM

  • Southbury Parks and Recreation Department, 561 Main Street from 1:00 - 3:00 PM

We are looking forward to hosting this sale of quality composters and rain barrels. By providing these products at affordable prices and promoting their use to residents, we will be reducing the volume of municipal solid waste (and cost of disposal) by diverting organics out of the waste stream and helping conserve drinking water by providing an alternative water source for outdoor needs. For more details, please visit their website.

Local Earth Day Events

Take and Make: Earth Day April 21, 10:00 am Terryville Public Library
Talewise presents “EARTH DAY” Special April 22, 6:30 Bristol Public Library (virtual event)
Woodbury Earth Day May 1, 11:00 am Hollow Park

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Household Hazardous Waste Collection April 17, 8:00 am Naugatuck Event Center
Naugatuck River Greenway Steering Committee May 12, 9:00 am Virtual Meeting
NVCOG Board Meeting May 14, 10:00 am Virtual Meeting
Regional Planning Commission Meeting June 1, 6:30 pm Virtual Meeting
Click here to view the full NVCOG Calendar

Municipal Partnerships

Household Hazardous Waste and Paint Collection Set for April 17!

The NVCOG is holding their first Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) event on April 17 at the Naugatuck Event Center located on 6 Rubber Avenue. Anyone living in Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethlehem, Derby, Middlebury, Naugatuck, Oxford, Prospect, Seymour, Southbury, Thomaston, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott and Woodbury is eligible to bring over any household waste that is poisonous, flammable, reactive, or corrosive. Latex paint is also being accepted! Although this event is free, proof of residency such as driver’s license, tax bill, or other ID will be required.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the following protocols are being put in place:

  • Residents disposing materials must wear a face mask and remain in their vehicle

  • Only one family member per vehicle

  • Collection materials must be placed in the rear compartment of the vehicle

  • Containers will not be returned (No ‘pour offs’)

For further information, please visit the Household Hazardous Waste and Paint Collection webpage!

Southbury Becomes the Latest Recipient of NVCOG’s Municipal Planning Services

The Town of Southbury is the latest community to participate in NVCOG’s Municipal Shared Planning Services, which offers direct planning assistance to communities through staffing. Keith Rosenfeld, Municipal Shared Planner is working with the Town’s Land Use Administrator on crafting their upcoming Municipal Affordable Housing Plan. More importantly, the NVCOG is playing a supportive role helping Southbury select a consultant for their 2022 Plan of Conservation and Development. The Municipal Shared planning services attempts to fulfill municipal staffing needs by providing direct planning assistance such as regulatory review(s), comprehensive planning, and zoning enforcement assistance. Currently, the Town of Seymour, Town of Beacon Falls, and Town of Southbury participate in this consortium.

NVCOG Staff Profile: Michael Szpryngel

Michael Szpryngel, a life-long Waterbury resident joined NVCOG in 2018. He oversees the Finance Department, including but not limited to accounting, budget forecasting, budget control, and auditing. Mike earned his first Bachelors of Arts in Economics, concentrating in entrepreneurship and macro-economic development from Clark University and earned his second Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Post University. Outside the office, Mike is passionate about business, not only assisting his wife and best friend in their own business ventures, but also creating ventures of his own, including Feng Shui Consulting and a Cigar vlog.

Do you have news or events you would like to share with the rest of the Region? Send your updates to Gabriel at gfiler@nvcogct.gov.

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