Town of Canterbury CT

Town of Canterbury
1 Municipal Drive
Canterbury CT 06331

Selectman's Blog

September 23, 2014
Book Bin has been put into Service.
Book Bin has been put into Service.

Good News.  The Book Bin has been delivered and has been placed into Service at the Transfer Station.  This will aid greatly in helping to reduce the weight of books being place into the Bulky Waste and help to reduce some of our costs at the Transfer Station.

Hard-cover and paper-back books, records, CDs, DVDs, and video games are accepted in the Book Bin for recycling.

Please, NO encyclopedias, magazines, VHS tapes, newspapers, or wet/moldy books.

If you have a question, please ask one of the Attendents at the Transfer Station for assistance.  They will be glad to help.

Thank you.

June 19, 2014
Paving on Water Street and Lisbon Road

For those of you that travel on Water Street and on Lisbon Road, pleae be advised that milling and paving operations have commenced today, June 19th, and will continue on Friday the 20th and Monday the 23rd.  Based on the weathwer forecast for the next few days, the project should finish late on Monday.

Please use caution while driving through the areas of Water Street, south of Bates Pond Road, and on Lisbon Road, south of Gooseneck Hill Road.  Both of these roads are very narrow and there is little room to go around the paving equipment.  Select an alternate route, if at all possible, for the next few days.

May 30, 2014
Town Budgets Pass on First Try.

Good news for the Town residents.  We successfully passed all three budgets, General Government, Education, and Capital Improvement Plan, at our first referendum on the 2014-2015 Budget Vote held on May 29th.

The budgets and vote tally were as follows:

General Govt. - $3,321,377    Yes - 261   No - 77

Education    - $11,390,828     Yes - 246   No - 91

Cap Improv.    - $297,500       Yes - 262  No - 75.

This represents a zero mil increase in the current budget.


April 21, 2014
Town-Wide Clean Up Day Results

On Saturday, April 19th, over 40 volunteers showed up at Town Hall to participate in our 4th annual Town-Wide Clean Up Day in conjunction with Earth Day.  The weather was perfect for this sort of activity and the volunteers collected approximately 1/3 load of a roll-off size dumspter.  In addition, 36 tires, of various sizes, were collected from the road side throughout Canterbury.  This is a great accomplishment and the contributions of time and effort of each of our volunteers, young and old, are greatly appreciated.  Canterbury is a much cleaner town because of the indiviual efforts of each of our volunteers.

Thank you.

April 02, 2014
Manship Park Renovations Have Begun

Now that the weather has gotten a little bit better, the planned renovations and reconstruction of the recreational facilities at Manship Park has finally begun.  Unfortunately, the Park will be closed for the next year to allow for the completion of the renovations and to allow the new grasses to become established before the baseball and soccer fields can be utilized once again.

The renovation project is broken down into four major segments, which include: (1) Baseball Field Reconstruction, (2) Playground relocation and Volleyball Court construction, (3) Soccer Field regrading and leveling, and (4) Tennis Court site preparations.

Included in these projects, the entire walking track will also be completely redone, and lenghtened slightly, to allow for the repositioning of the playground and volleyball courts.

Although these renovations will cause the entire Park to be closed for the year, until approximately April 2015, the improvements to the various recreational areas will be worth it in the long run.

Access to the boat launch will remain open during the entire project.

March 24, 2014
EARTH DAY - April 19, 2014



• Saturday, April 19, 2014.

• Starts at 9:00 a.m. at the Town Hall Parking Lot.

• Organizations, Individuals, and Families are asked to participate in this opportunity to help clean-up trash along Canterbury's roads.
• Trash bags will be provided, please bring your own work gloves.
• Anyone with a pick-up truck or trailer (with working flashers) is asked to bring that along.
• People will be given designated areas, to walk and collect trash alongside the roads, bagging it and throwing it into the back of the trucks/trailers safely. The vehicles will then bring the trash and other
items to the Transfer Station for proper disposal.
• This event is rain or shine.
• Point of contact for any question is the Canterbury Town Hall telephone 860-546-9693, Ray Shinkiewicz telephone 860-546-6717, or Ray Coombs 860-546-9974.

Please consider participating in this annual community event. It is a positive event to help to clean Canterbury's scenic roadways. Your volunteering will brighten up one of the best parts Connecticut's
Quiet Corner.

March 19, 2014
2015 Revaluation Begins

Inspections for the Town of Canterbury's 2015 Revaluation will start Wednesday, March 19th!  The door-to-door visits will begin shortly.  The visits will only be to the homes in the southern half of the town, Route 14 and south.  Each household that will be visited will receive a letter with specific information about the visit as well as identification information about the data collectors.  If you have questions about our data collectors, or about the project, please call the Canterbury Assessor's Office at 860-204-7467 for more information!

February 20, 2014
Special Town Meeting of February 19, 2014

On the evening of February 19th, the Town held a Special Town Meeting for the purpose discussing and acting on a petition that had been presented to the Board of Selectmen.  The petition called for the repeal of a Town Ordinance that created the combined position of the combined position of Town Planner/Zoning Enforcement Officer and Inland/Wetlands and water courses Enforcement Officer.  An informative discussion was held at the meeting, and the final vote of the citizens present at the meeting was to NOT repeal the current ordinance.  It was generally agreed that the wording of the current ordinance should be "tweaked" to reflect the most current needs of the Town, but the ordinance should remain in place until a new, revised ordinance ready to be put into its place.

November 27, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving

My personal wishes to each of you and your families for a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.  As you gather around your table, giving thanks for all that are close to you, please take a moment to say a prayer for all of our service members stationed overseas and say a special prayer for their safe return home.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Roy A. Piper

February 12, 2013
Fixer Upper...

At the beginning of our upcoming Board of Selectmen meeting on Tuesday, February 19, we will be holding a Public Hearing to explain our applying for another round of funds for Housing Rehabilitation.

Since 2008, we have received $600,000 for Canterbury residents who income qualify to fix up their properties. Depending on income, the cost of the work is partially or completely deferred until the property is transferred or sold.

At the end of our last grant, last Fall, we had some residents who were still in the pipeline to use these funds. This round, we are applying for $400,000 in funds.

Please come to the hearing to find out more. The more interest we show, the better chance we have of qualifying for these funds.

Brian Sear

Canterbury Town Hall Office Hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Thursday: 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM, Friday: CLOSED