Rep. Ziobron Celebrates the Opening of a New 9-Town Transit Bus Route

Posted on October 19, 2018 by admin


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KILLINGWORTH – State Representative Mellissa Ziobron (R-34) joined state and local officials to usher in a new bus route for 9-Town Transit at a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 6th. The route extends from Madison to Middletown along Routes 1, 81 and 154 and launched August 27th.

9-Town Transit provides accessible transportation for residents to connect communities in the Connecticut River Valley with an annual ridership on 100,000. Schedules and fares can be found at www.9towntransit.com or by calling 860-510-0429.

East Haddam residents also have access to 9-Town Transit through Dial-A-Ride service throughout the town, the transit region and parts of Colchester and Westchester. More information about East Haddam’s service can be found online at www.easthaddam.org/Transportation-210339/.

DEEP and DCP Urge Tree Health Assessment

Posted on October 15, 2018 by admin


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The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Department of Consumer Protection have recently released a notice urging homeowners to ‘make an assessment of risky dead trees’ while they still have leaves.

DEEP and DCP advise homeowners to look for the following:

Signs you have a risky dead tree

Most healthy hardwood trees would have retained their leaves until the end of September, while unhealthy or dead trees would have already shed or may have never produced leaves this growing season.  The lack of greenery during the growing season is clear indication a tree is dead and should be removed if it is a threat to property.

What you should do before hiring a contractor

  • Shop around: Get multiple quotes to ensure you are hiring the best person to work on your property.
  • Verify a contractor has the proper credential: Anyone making changes to your property, including removing trees, must have a home improvement contractor registration. If someone is doing more detailed work such as correctively pruning a tree, or doing other work associated with prolonging a tree’s life, they must have an Arborist’s license from DEEP.
  • Have a contract: Home improvement contractors are required to have a written contract with you before work may begin.

** It will be helpful to know how long the work is anticipated to take, the costs, the final outcome and what responsibilities you may have in the process**

  • Ask for references: Ask your potential contractor for references from homeowners who have had that contractor do tree removal work on their property.
  • Be aware of scams: Avoid contractors who display signs of being a scammer.

**If you have a complaint regarding a home improvement contractor that you haven’t been able to resolve by contacting that individual or business, you are encouraged to file a complaint with DCP by emailing dcp.complaints@ct.gov**

According to DEEP and DCP, starting in 2015, Connecticut experienced three consecutive years of expanding Gypsy moth caterpillar defoliation caused by dry springs.  This drought inhibited a moisture dependent soil fungus that solely impacts gypsy moth caterpillar from emerging. In addition, the statewide establishment of Emerald ash borer is causing extensive ash mortality.

Connecticut has been long recognized as having the highest WUI indices in the United States. WUI otherwise known as the Wildland-Urban Interface, is a term that recognizes the proximity of peoples’ homes to forests, wetlands and grasslands. A common term used in fire prone areas of the US, many are surprised at Connecticut’s WUI ranking which is caused by a high percentage of tree canopy cover over a densely populated area. WUI helps explain why so many Connecticut residents are impacted by forest pest outbreaks and severe storms.

DOT Public Meeting – Route 151 Bridge over Shady Brook in East Haddam

Posted on October 1, 2018 by admin


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I’m sharing a recent announcement from the State Department of Transportation regarding the Route 151 bridge over Shady Brook.  On October, 18th 7:00 p.m. at East Haddam Municipal Office Complex 1 Plains Road, Moodus, there will be a public meeting about the culvert replacement project. The project is expected to begin in 2021 and it is anticipated that the road will be closed to traffic for 2 weeks.

Read below for more information:

Public Information Meeting – Bridge No. 06887,

Route 151 over Shady Brook in East Haddam

Location: East Haddam Municipal Office Complex, Conference Rooms 1 & 2, 1 Plains Road, Moodus, CT  7:00 pm

The Department of Transportation (Department) will conduct a Public Information Meeting concerning the proposed replacement of Bridge No. 06887, Route 151 over Shady Brook, East Haddam.

The purpose of the project is to replace the existing 84-inch and 72-inch diameter ACCMP culverts with a 12-foot by 8-foot precast concrete box culvert with a depressed invert to accommodate a natural stream channel bottom through the structure. The existing structure needs to be replaced as the corrugated metal pipe is deteriorated and is showing areas of complete section loss.

It is anticipated the culvert replacement will require Route 151 to be closed to vehicular traffic for approximately two weeks.  During this time vehicles will be detoured via Route 149 to Route 82 to Route 151.

There are right-of-way impacts associated with the proposed improvements It is anticipated that three partial takes and three temporary construction easements will be required.

Construction is anticipated to begin in spring 2021 based on the availability of funding.  The estimated construction cost for this project is approximately $2.2 million.  This project is anticipated to be undertaken with 80 percent Federal Funds and 20 percent State funds.

The Public Information Meeting is being held to afford a full opportunity for public participation and to allow open discussion of any views and comments the community may have concerning this proposed project.

The meeting facility is ADA accessible.  Language assistance may be requested by contacting the Department’s Language Assistance Call Line at (860) 594-2109, requests should be made at least 5 business days prior to the meeting.  Persons with hearing and/or speech disabilities may dial 711 for Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) and must instruct the operator to contact (860) 594-2243.  Language assistance is provided at no cost to the public and efforts will be made to respond to timely requests for assistance.

Plans of the proposed project will be on display for public review.  Department personnel will be available during the meeting to discuss this project.  More detailed information is available at the Department’s Office of Engineering, 2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, Connecticut, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., excluding holidays.  Anyone wishing to discuss the project may contact Mr. Louis D. Bacho at (860) 594-3212 or by e-mail at Louis.Bacho@ct.gov.  Plans are also available for review at the town of East Haddam.

Location: East Haddam Municipal Office Complex, Conference Rooms 1 & 2, 1 Plains Road, Moodus, Connecticut 06469   7:00 PM

Contact: Louis Bacho, Bureau of Engineering and Construction
Email: louis.bacho@ct.gov
Phone: (860) 594-3212