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Plainfield Delegation Spearheads Town Transit Revival

Posted on September 20, 2018 by jpheasant


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PLAINFIELD – State Representatives Anne Dauphinais, Kevin Skulczyck, and Senator Heather Somers are pleased to announce that after meeting with the Northeastern Connecticut Council of Governments (NECOGG) and the Department of Transportation (DOT), the lawmakers were able to get a commitment from the state to put Plainfield Transit back into action. DOT was able to make this possible without adding any new costs to the taxpayers by revising and eliminating runs that had become stagnant.

The legislators have successful secured bus service to the citizens of Plainfield after years of not having any transit. Implementation can begin once the Town of Plainfield has fulfilled their required 17% contribution of funding for the project with the state and federal government contributing the remaining 83%.

The lawmakers said “We’d like thank the Department of Transportation for going above and beyond to provide this much needed service to the residents of Plainfield and especially for their success in absorbing the cost efficiently without additional costs to the State Budget.”

Dauphinais, Skulczyck, and Somers held a Legislative Town Hall last month to address the transportation issue Plainfield has been facing. Last night, the lawmakers attended a Board of Finance meeting in Plainfield to confirm this report given during the Town Hall.

Reps Dauphinais, Skulczyck and Sen. Somers are hopeful this will pass at a special finance meeting being held next Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. For anyone interested in attending, the meeting is open to the public.

Back to School Safety

Posted on September 4, 2018 by jpheasant


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With the increase in Killingly and Plainfield children walking, crossing the street and exiting their buses during this school year, it is extremely important that anyone driving within these areas obey all safety rules/regulations in order to ensure that they arrive there and home safely.

Below are a few tips motorists should obey while traveling along our local streets:

  • Watch for children traveling to school when driving through local neighborhoods with school zones. Drive SLOWLY.
  • Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in the neighborhood. In addition, be on the lookout for children playing and gathering near school bus stops. State law prohibits vehicles from passing a school bus while its lights are flashing.
  • Many busses are now equipped with cameras to record those individuals who fail to comply with this law.
  • Always observe the no-passing law and expect the unexpected while traveling near school buses in school driveways.

Here are a few tips you can share with your children:

  • Be waiting at your bus stop at least 5 minutes ahead of the scheduled pick up time.
  • Wait approximately 10 feet back from the road. Try and wear clothing with colors that can easily be spotted by motorists. Always wait until the bus driver tells you to cross the street before you actually do. That way you can be sure that he/she has safely verified that no motorists are coming.
  • If you drop something in the road leave it. If it is important, make sure the bus driver knows you are about to bend down and possibly disappear from his/her sight. If an important item ends up underneath the bus leave it alone.
    ** Do not retrieve it unless the bus driver gives you permission to do so**
  • When it’s time to board the bus, do so quickly and safely

Reps Dauphinais, Skulczyck and Sen. Somers Hosting Transportation Forum

Posted on August 10, 2018 by jpheasant


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PLAINFIELD – State Representatives Kevin Skulczyck (R-45), Anne Dauphinais (R-44), and State Sen. Heather Somers (R-18) announced they will be hosting a sit down meeting with area residents to discuss state Transportation challenges.

The event will be held on Wednesday, August 15th at the Plainfield Town Hall and is open to the public and residents are encouraged to attend.

WHERE: Plainfield Town Hall, 8 Community Ave, Plainfield

WHEN: Wednesday, August 15th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The legislators ask that any constituents with questions ahead of the event call Rep. Skulczyck or Rep. Dauphinais at their State Capitol offices at 800-842-1423 or email, Kevin.Skulczyck@housegop.ct.gov, Anne.Dauphinais@housegop.ct.gov. For Sen. Somers please email her at Heather.Somers@cga.ct.gov or call 800-842-1421.