Staying Safe During Extreme Heat

Posted on August 6, 2018 by jpheasant


With the increase in temperatures the National Weather Service issuing a heat advisory for the entire state, below are several ways to stay cool and safe during these warmer temperatures.

During extreme heat, the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) and Department of Public Health (DPH) recommend the following:

  1. Find air conditioning.
  • If your home does not have an A/C it is recommended you go to a shopping mall or public library.
  1. Go outside when its coolest.
  • Limit your outdoor activity to the morning and evening.
  1. Avoid strenuous activities.
  2. Wear light clothing and use sunscreen.
  • Use a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher.
  1. Check on family members and neighbors.
  2. Drink plenty of fluids.
  • It is recommended that you drink between 16-32oz./hr.  depending on the level of exercise and watch for heat cramps – exhaustion – stroke
  1. Check on family members and neighbors.
  2. Never leave people or pets in a closed car.
  • When the outside temperature is 80°
    • After 10 minutes the inside temp of a vehicle reaches 99°
    • After 20 minutes the inside temp of a vehicle reaches 109°
    • After 30 minutes the inside temp of a vehicle reaches 114°
    • After 60 minutes the inside temp of a vehicle reaches 123°


Paving Project – Route 31 Coventry

Posted on August 3, 2018 by jpheasant


The Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced they will be conducting a paving project on Route 31 in Coventry. Paving will start at the intersection of Rt. 275 and move up to Rt. 44.

The work is scheduled to take place on Monday, August 6th and is expected to take about a week to complete.

The regular work schedule for this project is 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Monday-Friday).

Motorists can expect lane closures on Route 31 in Coventry from US 44 to Route 275. Traffic control personnel and signing patterns will be utilized to guide motorists through the work zone.

Motorists should be aware that modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to unforeseen conditions. Motorists should also be advised to maintain a safe speed when driving in this vicinity.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to me at or by calling (800) 240-8700. You can also follow my legislative activity on my website at

Two Crumbling Foundations Amendments Receive Passage at Federal Level

Posted on August 2, 2018 by jpheasant


HARTFORD – On Tuesday, more than a dozen of my Republican colleagues in the House and Senate sent letters to the President of the United States, Senate Majority Leader, and House Speaker urging them to support three amendments from U.S. Senators Chris Murphy, Richard Blumenthal, and representatives John Larson and Joe Courtney that would provide assistance to those homeowners who have been affected by a crumbling foundation.

Wednesday we received word that two of the amendments we asked for passage received support.

House Amendment 292 to H.R. 3354 seeks to provide funding in the Community Development Block Grant program to examine the application of grant funds to mitigate and remediate the effects of pyrrhotite-related damage.

House Amendment 881 to H.R. 6147 seeks to provide funding for the U.S. Geological Survey to develop a map showing pyrrhotite occurrences across the United States. This would help to ensure residents of other states never have to grapple with this crisis in the future.

I want to thank Ben Carson, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, for visiting Connecticut in late May and getting a firsthand look at the issue that has affect many of our residents. This meeting has now opened the door on the federal level to help foster ongoing discussions and it is of vital importance that we continue to work alongside the current Republican administration in Washington D.C. in order to do all that we can to ensure this issue is resolved.

To view the letters click the links below:

Rep. Ackert Congratulates Officer on 29 Years of Service

Posted on July 31, 2018 by jpheasant


State Representative Tim Ackert (R-8) presents retiring Sgt. Michael McDonagh with a legislative citation to commemorate his 29 years of service to the town of Coventry.

I’d like to thank all of our first responders for their dedicated service to our community and the residents they serve,” Rep. Ackert said. “I know this is a retirement party but I believe it is more fitting to a tour of duty ending. I’d like to thank Sgt. McDonagh for his 29 years of service to not only our community but to making our town a better place with your work and presence in it.”


State Representative Tim Ackert represents the 8th General Assembly district towns of Columbia, Coventry, Tolland, and Vernon.

Rep. Ackert Petitions Against 10M Toll Study

Posted on July 25, 2018 by jpheasant


HARTFORD – The Special State Bonding Commission met today and approved a funding request submitted by Governor Malloy via executive order for a $10 million dollar feasibility study for the purpose of implementing tolls.

The only two Republican Bond Commission members voted against the $10 million expenditure. State Comptroller, Kevin P. Lembo, was the only other member to vote against this request.

“This is not about having tolls or not having tolls, it’s about circumventing the process to implement a study that the legislature and our residents didn’t have any say in,” Rep. Ackert said. The voices of every person in our district has been silenced by Gov. Malloy’s use of executive order, and quite simply this is bad government.”

Rep. Ackert joined his fellow Republican representatives have signed petitions to send to the Secretary of the State in order to request the General Assembly meet for a “special session for the purpose of prohibiting the expenditure of taxpayer funds to study and evaluate the establishment of tolls in Connecticut.”

Per the Governor’s executive order for a toll study request, DOT would conduct the following:

  • Prepare a comprehensive assessment for possible electronic tolling on I-95, I-91, I-84, the Wilbur Cross Parkway, the Merritt Parkway, and any other limited access highways as determined by the DOT Commissioner, which includes potential toll monitoring and specifies proposed toll charges;
  • Explore potential ways to provide discounts, tax credits, or other value-pricing options to Connecticut residents while ensuring out-of-state drivers contribute their fair share;
  • Explore plans that could reduce motor vehicle fuel taxes; and
  • Study the environmental impacts of electronic tolling systems.

As chairman of the commission, Gov. Malloy has the discretion to determine which items are included in any boding meeting. It was a forgone conclusion that this study would be one of the items included in today’s agenda.

Rep. Ackert Talks With Residents in First-Half of District-Wide Update

Posted on July 19, 2018 by jpheasant


HARTFORD- State Representative Tim Ackert (R-8) wrapped up the first portion of his district-wide updates with constituents this week, meeting with residents from Coventry for Pints and Politics and Coffee Hour with residents in Vernon.

“Normally most of the time when I’m meeting with constituents, they are done in a coffee hour setting,” Rep. Ackert said. “It was nice to get together at the Lakeview Restaurant in a relaxing atmosphere where people could stop down after their normal work day was over and have an opportunity to talk about what is going on in Hartford.”

During the meeting, Rep. Ackert was asked several questions regarding the prospect of Connecticut adding tolls. Residents were concerned with where they would go, how much it could cost, and if implemented, would the revenue generated go toward infrastructure related projects. Other issues raised included government waste, this sessions bi-partisan budget agreement, election year politics, and invasive plants in Coventry Lake.

At the Vernon Senior Center, Rep. Ackert talked a little bit about himself, his committee assignments in the General Assembly, and then opened up the floor for questions.

Seniors were also concerned with the effect tolls might have on Connecticut, the major cost associated with their construction and who would pay for it. Crumbling foundations, Casino revenue, the Estate Tax, and affordable housing options for them were also discussed.

“It is extremely important to not only discuss the current state of affairs at the legislature, but also listen to the residents of the 8th district and hear about the issues that impact them the most,” Ackert said. “Listening and addressing their concerns is my number one priority.”

Rep. Ackert is scheduled to host two additional meetings with constituents this month and another one on August 1st.

  • Wednesday, July 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Saxton B. Little Library, Columbia
  • Monday, July 30th from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Beckish Senior Center, Columbia
  • Wednesday, August 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Dunkin’ Donuts, Tolland