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Town Officials: Explaining Road Program Key to Passing Referendum

Southington officials are working to make sure all the facts are out there in an effort to pass the $11 million referendum this fall - and that includes providing a complete list of work to be done.

There was only one person . Two weeks later at a Town Council meeting, no one spoke out for or against the project other than members of the council themselves. 

Southington officials hope that the silence is a good sign, indicating that there is little opposition to the long-term plan, but the aren’t going to sit back and rest. Now that the ordinance has been approved to go to referendum this fall, they said the next step is to make sure the public is fully informed of the plan.

“It’s taxpayer money and $11 million is a lot to ask for,” Councilman John Barry said during the meeting in July. “People have right to know, they need to know what they will be voting on come November.”

Garry Brumback said the road improvements are an important part of the town’s infrastructure and working to repair and maintain the town’s 200 miles of road would help prevent long-term costs.

“Currently, the pavement management study determined that Southington’s roads are at index of 76, which is 5 percent lower than the average in the New England region,” Brumback said. “With the roads where they are, it will take $5.5 million per year to improve to an 81, the average, and $4.5 million per year just to keep the rating at a 76.”

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With the paving management system, completed earlier this year by, Brumback and Councilman Peter Romano said it is important to now let the public know what they are voting out.

Without getting the list of streets our, however, Brumback said simply asking them to vote on the approved ordinance may not be enough.

The council was given the initial list of road repairs during the July council meeting and Brumback said those outlined as being part of the capital improvement plan would be addressed in the first couple years. He said some near the bottom of the list may be hard to get to and the list could be subject to change.

The list will also be revisited year-to-year to make sure it is up to date, Romano said during the meeting, but those “listed” as priorities now won’t change if the town approves a referendum.

For a complete list of roads involved in the projects, see and by clicking the links or viewing the PDFs above.

The town has already placed the ordinance and lists on the town’s website, but Brumback said that won’t be enough to help make sure voters have all the facts they need when they go to the polls this November.

“We need to make sure we get the word out, work with the media and give residents every chance to have their questions answered,” Brumback said. “This will make the difference between seeing this referendum pass or fail later this year.”

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eddie t August 03, 2012 at 10:05 AM
I want to look at the pdf's a bit more completely. One thing I will say from a quick scan is things like Hobart Street, 1/2 a million reconstruction. I thought it was repaved/redone a few years back. And, while not pristine, it certainly doesn't appear in need of reconstruction or even restoration -- especially compared to other crap streets in Town. If the rest of my survey yields the same result, I would vote NO -- it's just somebody's patronage expenditure. Also, I hope these efforts include curbing and reconstructed sidewalks. Ever look at his crap? Columbus Ave, Main Street in front of the PO, Berlin Avenue? I could go on. "Renaissance" ideas are great but it's the little dust kitties like curbing, keeping those nice Renaissance street lights painted and working, merchants and landlords taking care of and cleaning up their establishments (!) and the like that make it work and an attraction to prospective residents. The rest is big talk, no action. BTW, when is the Town going to clear away all that crab grass growing on the brick-paved Renaissance sidewalk abutting the new Renaissance parking lot at the Library? Some Renaissance person might trip for the weed clumps!
Stuart Pitt August 03, 2012 at 01:17 PM
The money spent on this program will save more over time by doing what's right when it comes to repair management of our roads...I will vote yes
Bill August 03, 2012 at 02:14 PM
we dont have to pave any roads. i have been in southington 7 years and never have said the roads suck here. they are perfect. lets not spend the 11 million and reduce our taxes or put towards the schools
Arthur Cyr August 04, 2012 at 09:03 PM
For 20 or 30 years we seemed to have the policy of waiting until things were broken or in terrible condition before spending money to fix the problem. Now we are "paying the piper" for those thrifty years.This Pavement Management Program is designed to repair and restore roads before spending 10 X more to reconstruct down to the base. I will be voting YES.

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